I Went to Monsanto’s Controversial Journalism Bootcamp

July 29, 2015

The GMO giant offered journalists a rare, if curated, glimpse behind the curtain. Here’s what they saw.

On a recent Sunday evening, Lisa Marsh Ryerson, president of the AARP Foundation, gave what seemed like a benign lecture to 20 journalists in a St. Louis conference room. The topic was hunger and the elderly; at the end, Ryerson asked if her speech was helpful. Our reaction was stark — a wave of noncommittal murmurs, followed by a smatter of applause. No one had liked the speech. This crowd was tough.

Sure, it was 8 p.m., and Ryerson’s speech rounded out a…