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Navarro goes on to blame the problem on a larvicide she claimed was manufactured by a company owned by Monsanto. At some point the headline was changed to cover their tracks, but the original is still visible in the URL of the article. Monsanto would eventually complain, because they are in no way associated with the company that manufactures the larvicide, and later Navarro followed up with another article. Unfortunately her old one is still out there, with no link to to the new one, nor was there ever an admission of her mistake.
The icing of the cake with all of these anti biotech and organic industry front groups running with the Monsanto/microcephaly conspiracy - The larvicide they claim is manufactured by Monsanto, is actually made by a large organic pesticide producer - Sumitomo. Sumitomo that makes the larvicide (the larvicide is itself not organic though), owns Valent and MGK. In fact, Hank Campbell writing for Genetic Literacy mentioned these companies back in 2014.
"If you read the labels on MGK and Valent organic products, they basically say people should wear Hazmat suits when applying them the non-GMO approved organic way."
Sumitomo is also a major Japanese importer of organic sugar from Brazil used for energy and fertilizer production. Although they can get sugarcane locally in Asian countries, they choose to go organic and increase their carbon footprint by importing it from another continent.
I hope these organic industry front groups learn their lesson for the future. Do a "little research"; a term they love to use, before manufacturing fear, uncertainty, and doubt.
For more on the conspiracies about the Zika virus, check out Dr. Gorski's piece here:
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