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Despite the outrage over pesticides and Genetically Modified foods, the association between the two is complex and sometimes feels like it needs a scientist to explain in detail. So reporter Andrew Stelzer went to the offices of the Pesticide Action Network and spoke to senior scientist Marcia Ishii-Eiteman.
She explains how explains how pesticide companies became seed companies, and why they need GMO’s to stay unregulated to support their bottom line.
The biggest pesticide companies, some of the very biggest ones, Monsanto, Dow, Syngenta, BASF, they all use Hawaii as a, a testing grounds for the genetically engineered seeds that they are developing to market in the midwest, or in, and in other parts of the world.
Andrew Stelzer is a radio producer for Making Contact. His radio work has appeared on programs including Marketplace, NPR News, BBC’s The World, Latino USA, Radio France International’s Crossroads, Free Speech Radio News, and on Making Contact since 2008. His print work has appeared in The St Petersburg Times, In These Times, E! Magazine, and elsewhere. Andrew was previously the senior reporter and anchor at WMNF radio in Tampa, FL.
Making Contact, is an award-winning, 29-minute weekly magazine-style public affairs program heard on 140 radio stations in the USA, Canada, South Africa and Ireland.
Making Contact is committed to in-depth critical analysis that goes beyond the breaking news. Showcasing voices and perspectives rarely heard in mainstream media, Making Contact focuses on the human realities of politics and the connections between local and global events, emphasizing positive and creative ways to solve problems.