GMO companies are paying for their own research.
The agrichemical companies are unlikely to support research that may undermine their financial interests. Meanwhile, there is a declining amount of public funds available for agricultural research. As Cornell Professor Elson Shields explains, “In my 30 years as a public scientist, there’s been a dramatic erosion of public funding. And that makes science more dependent on private funding.” That means less funding for independent studies to assess health and environmental risks of genetically engineered food and crops.
“He who pays the piper calls the tune,” the old saying goes. According to Food & Water Watch’s report on corporate funding of university agriculture research, “Public Research, Private Gain,” by 2010 private contributions supplied nearly one-quarter of all agriculture research funding at U.S. land grant universities. (source)