Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth are no exception. An excellent article. – Editor
Activist Groups that Fund Pharma Try to Regulate Silver as a Pesticide
It was revealed that a handful of the activist agencies which were behind the petition to the EPA to regulate nano-silver as a pesticide received funding from pharmaceutical giant Merck, which annually has hundreds of billions of dollars in profits from patented antibiotics which colloidal silver poses a risk to. Now, further investigation has discovered that the initial revelations may just be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Merck and other pharmaceutical companies funding of the groups who support the EPA petition.
The actual source of the funding that was first revealed in emails and colloidal silver blogsites was the John Merck Fund, which was set up in 1970 by Serena Merck, the widow of Merck Pharmaceuticals CEO George W. Merck. The recipients of funding who are signees on the petition to the EPA were identified as:
Center for Food Safety
$1,305,000.00 (1999 – 2005)
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
$490,000.00 (1992 – 2003)
International Center for Technology Assessment
Consumers Union of the United States
$90,000.00 (2000 – 2001)
$80,000.00 (2000 – 2002)
Friends of the Earth
$45,000.00 (1992 – 2000)
Subsequently, it was discovered that a second Merck foundation, the Merck Family Fund, gave a $200,000 grant for 2006-2007 to another petitioner, Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition.