The Chronicle of Higher Education
August 31st, 2015
A University of Florida professor who accepted a $25,000 grant from the
agriculture giant Monsanto will give the money to a campus food pantry
after he was criticized by activists who oppose the use of genetically
modified organisms, or GMOs. The Gainesville Sun reports
that Kevin Folta, chairman of the university’s horticultural-sciences
department, tried to give the money back but Monsanto wouldn’t take it.
Calling the pressure he’s felt from anti-GMO activists “terrorism,” Mr.
Folta said he didn’t want them to have an excuse to say he was beholden
to Monsanto. Mr. Folta received the unrestricted grant to fund a