I may be late to this party, but I want my big Monsanto check anyway

I was going to join PZ Myers, ERV, and Pamela Ronald in helping out an old blogging friend and former host of the Skeptics’ Circle, Karl Mogel of The Inoculated Mind by pimping his other science-based blog Biofortified, which seeks to provide a science- and evidence-based discussion of plant genetics and genetic engineering. Unfortunately, as seems to be the case lately, other things have distracted me, and I’m late to the party. Better late than never, though.

Basically, Biofortified is in the Ashoka Changemakers contest, GMO Risk or Rescue. First prize is a $1500 grant and a conversation with Michael Pollan. Thanks to PZ, Biofortified has pulled into first place. Even though my vote-generating mojo does not approach PZ’s, I thought I’d still ask my readers to go and register, and then to vote for Biofortified. Instructions are here.

I also want some of that filthy Monsanto lucre that is supposedly (or so it is implied) behind an astroturf movement that (or so the anti-GMO cranks think) is behind PZ and everyone else who is supporting Biofortified at this late stage in the game:

This group has been putting out the following messsage on Twitter: “Vote for Biofortified in Ashoka Changemakers contest”.

A Monsanto PR operator has discreetly done the same and now the votes for Biofortified have suddenly exploded, more than doubling in a matter of hours in a completely unprecedented pattern.

The winner of the Chagemakers competition gets a cash prize of $1500 and a conversation with New York Times food writer, Michael Pollan, but above all cudos.

If you think the GM industry trying to fix this competition stinks, then please vote for one of the anti-GM candidates in the Changemakers contest.

The leading anti-GM contestant at the moment supporting consumer choice is the NonGMOProject who are trying to bring voluntary GM labelling to the U.S. You can find out more here: http://www.changemakers.com/en-us/node/58742
Voting on the Changemakers site can be a bit confusing so we’ve given clear instructions below. Please make the effort and vote today as voting will close very soon. Thank you!

Don’t let the biotech industry steal the vote.

Hilarious, and such an utterly, pathetically predictable response from cranks. In any case, if I’m going to be a “pharma shill” (as so many anti-vaccinationists and alt-med cranks accuse me), I might as well be a GMO shill too, right? Why the heck not? So help me get a share of that beautiful Monsanto biotech money* and at the same time help a great skeptical blogger win the competition. The vote ends at 6 PM on Wednesay.

*For the irony-challenged, literal-minded cranks who like to attack me, that is sarcasm. I’m joking. I don’t need any of that Monsanto lucre. Pharma companies, and in particular vaccine manufacturers, pay me more than enough to keep me able to stay in my sweatpants all day churning out anti-alt-med screeds.**

**Oops. I did it again. Ah, hell, just go vote for Biofortified.