I’m glad you posted that! Thanks. You’ll see why soon!
Yes, Monsanto made an unrestricted gift to my outreach program. Unforunately they used boilerplate language that the activists were glad to take out of context. But as my university said, there was nothing undisclosed and everything was done correctly.
The funds were never used and were donated to a campus charity by my university. They were in a university account, and when my university’s Vice President had to meet with the FBI because of threats against me, my lab, my family, they thought it would be wise to just get rid of the funds.
That’s too bad. The workshops are great for teaching others about communication, and I had to find funds from private solicitations, and the money that I’d get as speaker fees.
The second quotation was taken out of context, as usual. And they were reimbursing me for a ticket I bought to Colorado. Farmers requested to hear about how the technology works, so a Monsanto farm extenstion contact called me to see if I could do it. I don’t have money for that, but always am glad to talk to farmers about technology. So Monsanto reimbursed me for coach-class ticket, a rental car and a night in a hotel. All of that is listed on my website www.kevinfolta.com/transparency — sometime in September of 2013 I think.
So I don’t get money from Monsanto. My research is paid by taxpayers and the strawberry industry in Florida.
But bad people will always attack scientists, because we shatter their beliefs.