Sowing the seeds of skepticism: Russian state news and anti-GMO sentiment

GM Crops Food. 2018;9(2):53-58. doi: 10.1080/21645698.2018.1454192. Epub 2018 Apr 30.


Biotech news coverage in English-language Russian media fits the profile of the Russian information warfare strategy described in recent military reports. This raises the question of whether Russia views the dissemination of anti-GMO information as just one of many divisive issues it can exploit as part of its information war, or if GMOs serve more expansive disruptive purposes. Distinctive patterns in Russian news provide evidence of a coordinated information campaign that could turn public opinion against genetic engineering. The recent branding of Russian agriculture as the ecologically clean alternative to genetically engineered foods is suggestive of an economic motive behind the information campaign against western biotechnologies.

Keywords: GM; GMO; Russia; genetic engineering; news; propaganda.

MeSH terms

  • Agriculture
  • Organisms, Genetically Modified / metabolism*
  • Russia
  • Social Media