Government & Politics

Anti-GMO activists force Florida professor to give away thousands

A University of Florida plant professor who has been the target of anti-GMO activists was pressured into giving $25,000 grant he accepted from Monsanto to a campus food pantry rather than have people think he was beholden to big business.

The Chronicle of Higher Education reported that Kevin Folta, after being bombarded with emails from activists opposed to genetically modified organisms, tried to give the money back to the biotech and seed company giant. But the company would not take it, saying it had no mechanism for accepting the money.

The money instead has been put toward feeding needy students and staff on the Gainsville campus. Folta accused the activists of being “terrorists,” the Chronicle reported.

Mará Rose Williams, mdwilliams@kcstar.com.

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