Last year it was revealed that a handful of
the activist agencies 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 antibioics which many believe are less effective, less safe and far more
expensive than colloidal nano-silver products.
by this reporter discovered that the initial revelations were just the tip of the
iceberg when it came Merck and other pharmaceutical companies' funding
of the groups who supported the EPA's regulation of nano-silver.
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, in honor of their short-lived son John. The recipients
of funding who are signees on the petition to the EPA were identified as:
Funding To Activist Groups
Center for Food Safety
1999 – 2005
Institute for Agriculture and Trade
1992 – 2003
International Center for Technology
1999 – 1999
Consumers Union of the United States
2000 – 2001
2000 – 2002
Friends of the Earth
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.
The Center for Food Safety (CFS) which along with its
sister organization the International Center for
Technology Assessment (ICTA), initiated the EPA petition
and enlisted the other groups which signed off on the
petition, received the second largest amount of funding
of any group from the John Merck Fund - second only to
the huge total of the Tides Center/Tides Foundation,
whose total funding of almost $2.7 Million dwarfs the
combined total of $1.75 Million given to the CFS and the
ICTA and CFS.
As it turns out, the top funding recipients Tides
Foundation and Tides Center are also actively involved
in the petition to regulate silver, as well as the
source of funding and support to several of the other
groups who signed the EPA petition. Their position
became apparent to one and all when they posted a press
release urging support of the EPA petition:
The Tides Foundation is described by Activistcash.com as
quickly becoming "the 800 pound gorilla for activist
funding." As reported on ActivistCash:
"The Tides foundation was established in 1976 by
California activist Drummond Pike, Tides does two things
better than any other foundation or charity in the U.S.
today: it routinely obscures the sources of its
tax-exempt millions, and makes it difficult (if not
impossible) to discern how the funds are actually being
"In practice, "Tides" behaves less like a philanthropy
than a money-laundering enterprise (apologies to Procter
& Gamble), taking money from other foundations and
spending it as the donor requires. Called donor-advised
giving, this pass-through funding vehicle provides
public-relations insulation for the money's original
donors. By using Tides to funnel its capital, a large
public charity can indirectly fund a project with which
it would prefer not to be directly identified in public.
Drummond Pike has reinforced this view, telling The
Chronicle of Philanthropy: "Anonymity is very important
to most of the people we work with."
Due to the efforts of many foundations to keep their
funding activities anonymous, it is difficult to
determine the true scope of pharmaceutical company
funding for the Tides group as well as the individual
activist groups. However, information on the Tides
Center's website and other web searches found that the
Tides Center itself is a big source of funding and
support to several of the other groups not listed as
direct recipients of funding from Merck.
For example, the Center for Environmental Health is
itself a a project of the Tides Center.
The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy received
previous funding and had previous connections with the
The Clean Production Action is a Tides Center project.
Food and Water Watch receives donations from the Tides
Though not listed as a recipient of funding from Merck
or the Tides Center, The Loka Institute, which has no
current offices, was previously provided office space
and a mailbox in Washington, DC by the International
Center for Technology Assessment in their own offices.
Lest one think that Merck is the only Big Pharma company
funding the activist groups directly or else indirectly
funneling money to them through the Tides Foundation and
Tides Center, a quick internet search found the
following listed as the top funding recipient from the
Tides Foundation & Tides Center
$300,000.00 (2003 - 2004)
Thus far, the EPA has taken no action on the petition,
though many expect that
silver may ultimately be regulated as a pesticide, which
will have the effect of banning virtually all the
colloidal silver products currently used by millions of
people to combat infections and pathogens of all kinds -
many of which mainstream medicine has no answer for,
such as MRSA.
Make no mistake, though the environmental groups would
have us believe that they are primarily concerned with
new products that incorporate "nanosilver" into their
makeup such as computer keyboards, clothing and other
textiles that were impregnated with nanosilver for
antimicrobial purposes, the true agenda of the petition
to the EPA was colloidal silver, which represents a huge
threat to the billions of dollars in profits Big Pharma
annually rakes in from less effective, less safe and far
more expensive patented antibiotic drugs.
Such an agenda becomes obvious when one looks at the
list of products singled out for banning that was part
of the petitions and finds the three largest producers
of colloidal silver specifically listed among the
products. Many more colloidal silver products were later
added as an addendum.
As an example of the subterfuge, one of the
environmental groups which signed the petition, Friends
of the Earth, sent emails in the spring of 2009 to concerned
members who used colloidal silver to assure them that
they had no desire or intention to regulate colloidal
silver, but then in June 2009 they published a position paper
which stated, "We believe that all over-the-counter
colloidal silver products should be immediately
withdrawn from the market and their sale should be
banned (unless approved as a drug by the appropriate
Friends of the Earth (FOE), June 2009 report "Nano and
Biocidal Silver: Extreme Germ Killers Present a Growing
Threat to Public Health" pg. 13
Similarly, in March of last year just before the EPA
closed the door to public comments on the campaign to
regulate silver as a "pesticide," the environmentalists
published an article claiming that a "major new clinical
study" had proven that silver harms human cells.
What the environmentalists failed to report in their
article was most enlightening. First of all, it turned
out that the study they cited was hardly "major."
Indeed, it was a very small study conducted by a
virtually unknown research group in Red China.
Secondly, it turned out that the group conducting the
study was in cahoots with two major pharmaceutical
companies who are major producers of prescription
antibiotic drugs. And finally, the study itself merely
demonstrated the well-known fact that silver kills e.
coli bacteria by damaging its cellular structure and
preventing it from replicating.
In other words, the study was on bacterial cells, not
The justification for considering silver to be a
pesticide in the first place is because it kills
bacteria, viruses and other single celled pathogens,
which the environmental groups have defined as "pests".
Using the same definition would apparently also make
common bleach, rubbing and drinking alcohol, aerosol
disinfectants, and antibiotic and antiviral drugs
"pesticides" as well - but only silver has been singled
One wonders why environmental groups are seemingly in
bed with Big Pharma to begin with on the issue of
silver, which is a natural element that has been in our
waters, soils and plants since mankind first put down
footsteps in the sands of time. Where is the concern
over all of the drugs that are polluting our drinking
water? According to a recent investigative report from
the Associated Press, "U.S. manufacturers, including
major drug makers, have released at least 271 million
pounds of pharmaceutical drugs into waterways that often
provide drinking water for millions of Americans -
contamination the federal government has consistently
In other words, Big Pharma is polluting the environment
with drugs. But rather than opposing Big Pharma, the
environmentalist groups are taking money from them.
What's more, environmental groups are ruthlessly
attacking silver the most popular natural health
alternative to the prescription antibiotic drugs
produced by Big Pharma.
According to the Associated Press report, "...trace
amounts of a wide range of pharmaceuticals - including
antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex
hormones - have been found in American drinking water
supplies...pharmaceuticals have now been detected in the
drinking water of at least 51 million Americans."
The figures reported may be merely the tip of the
iceberg since, as the report itself states, "Most cities
and water providers still do not test." The report also
notes, "Some scientists say that wherever researchers
look, they will find pharma-tainted water."
What's more, the AP report also noted that
"Pharmaceutical makers typically are excused from having
to submit an environmental review for new products, and
the FDA has never rejected a drug application based on
potential environmental impact."
In short, Big Pharma produces hundreds of billions of
dollars a year worth of prescription drugs and millions
of pounds of these drugs annually end up polluting our
environment, yet the environmental groups remain silent
with nary a single call to regulate Big Pharma's drugs
as environmental pollutants.
Furthermore, according to the AP report, the Big Pharma
companies do not even need to submit environmental
reviews for their drugs, which are now contaminating the
drinking water of tens of millions of American men,
women and children.
But colloidal silver, which has never been demonstrated
to contribute to environmental pollution, is being
singled out by the environmental groups (backed by their
Big Pharma paymasters) for extreme and completely
unwarranted environmental regulations that will
literally drive most if not all colloidal silver
manufacturers and vendors completely out of business.
And it's all being pulled off in the name of "protecting
Given the information outlined above, one can only
wonder what other pharmaceutical funding is linked to
activist groups such as the ones listed in this article,
and one shudders to think of how many activist groups
have been corrupted by funding from Big Pharma and other
companies with agendas that are anything but in the
It is easy to see how such hypocrisy and subterfuge can
corrupt decision making, the same as can paid lobbyists
and political funding. Obviously it would be in the
distinct public interest to require full disclosure of
funding sources for every organization which petitions a
government agency or legislative body to see where there
might be funding sources who would stand to benefit as a
result of the desired action or legislation.
Similarly, it would also be in the public interest to
require full details of all the activities and efforts
of lobbyists, including expenses and the details of each
meeting held by lobbyists with government officials.
While we are at it, we would also be a better informed
and better served citizenry if every elected official's
vote on any measure included donations and links to any
companies or other entities affected by such
Granted, such reforms are a tall order, but until we see
such altruistic change all the talk about true
transparency in government is merely lip service - and
the words from our own lips will continue to have little
chance of reaching those whose ears are captured by the
special interests who have bought them off and rigged
the process in their favor.
The complete list of groups who signed the petition to
the EPA is: The International Center for Technology
Assessment, the Center for Food Safety (the sister
organization of the CTA), Beyond Pesticides, Friends of
the Earth, Greenpeace, ETC Group, Center for
Environmental Health, Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition ,
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, Clean
Production Action, Food and Water Watch, the Loka
Institute, the Center for Study of Responsive Law, and
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