Jon Entine

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Jon Entine
Entine photo.jpg
Entine in 2008
Born (1952-04-30) April 30, 1952 (age 68)
OccupationScience journalist, consultant

Jon Entine (born April 30, 1952) is an American science journalist. After working as a network news writer and producer for NBC News and ABC News, Entine moved into print journalism. Entine has written seven books and is a contributing columnist to newspapers and magazines. He is the founder and executive director of the science advocacy group the Genetic Literacy Project, and a former visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.[1] He is also the founder of the consulting company ESG Mediametrics.[2][3]


Entine was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1974 with a B.A. in philosophy.[citation needed]


In high school, Entine worked as a weekend copyboy for the CBS owned-and-operated TV station then known as WCAU. During his freshman year of college, he edited and produced the 11pm news for the local NBC affiliate in West Hartford/New Britain.[citation needed] In 1975, Entine was hired to write for the ABC News program AM America, which was renamed Good Morning America the following year. Entine worked for ABC News as a writer, assignment desk editor, and producer in New York City and Chicago from 1975-1983 for programs including the ABC Evening News, 20/20 and Nightline. He took a leave of absence from ABC News in 1981–1982 to study at the University of Michigan under a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship in journalism.[citation needed]

Entine joined NBC News in New York in 1984 as a special segment producer for NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, where he worked until 1990. In 1989, Entine and Brokaw collaborated to write and produce Black Athletes: Fact and Fiction, which was named Best International Sports Film of 1989.[4] From 1989–1990, Entine served as executive in charge of documentaries at NBC News. He rejoined ABC News in 1991 as an investigative producer for Primetime. In 1993 Entine produced a story with reporter Sam Donaldson on eye surgery clinics that led to a lawsuit against ABC News, Entine, and Donaldson.[5][6] The suit was dismissed by a federal appeals court, which concluded: "The only scheme here was a scheme to expose publicly any bad practices that the investigative team discovered, which is nothing fraudulent."[7] In 1994, Entine produced a prime time special on the Miss America Pageant, "Miss America: Beyond the Crown" for NBC Entertainment.[citation needed]

Body Shop controversy[edit]

In September 1994, Entine wrote an investigative article titled "Shattered Image: Is The Body Shop Too Good to Be True?" The article caused an international controversy and led to articles in The New York Times[citation needed] and a report on ABC World News Tonight.[citation needed] The Body Shop, the British-based international cosmetics company, which until that point had been considered a model "socially responsible" company, tried to block the story from being published.[8] Following the controversy, The Body Shop's stock suffered a temporary 50% drop in market value.[citation needed] The case has become the subject of business and management ethics studies.[9][10]

Genetic Literacy Project[edit]

Entine is the executive director of the Genetic Literacy Project (GLP), an organization he founded.[11][12] The GLP is a non-profit organization that promotes public awareness and discussion of genetics, biotechnology, evolution and science literacy.[12][13][14][15] The site presents articles on topics related to food and agricultural genetics, as well as human genetics.[16] It also aggregates articles from various published sources. GLP has posted articles taking positions against labeling GMO foods.[17][18] In a Financial Times article, the Genetic Literacy Project site was described as a provider of information on genomics that is not readily accessible to the general public.[19]

US Right to Know, an advocacy group funded in large part by the Organic Consumers Association,[20][21] raised concerns after the GLP ran a series of articles in 2014 supportive of crop biotechnology after the scientists had been encouraged to do so by American agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation Monsanto.[22] The GLP said the authors were not paid for their articles. Entine remarked that he had total control of the editing process and that there was nothing to disclose.[22]


Entine has written three books on genetics and two on chemicals. Let Them Eat Precaution: How Politics is Undermining the Genetic Revolution examines the controversy over genetic modification in agriculture.[23]

Entine's first book, Taboo: Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports and Why We’re Afraid to Talk About It was inspired by the documentary on black athletes written with Brokaw in 1989.[24] It received reviews ranging from mostly positive to highly negative in The New York Times.[24][25][26] Physical anthropologist Jonathan Marks characterized the book as "make-believe genetics applied to naively conceptualized groups of people."[26]

In 2007, Entine published Abraham's Children: Race, Identity and the DNA of the Chosen People which examined the shared ancestry of Jews, Christians and Muslims, and addressed the question "Who is a Jew?" as seen through the prism of DNA. In a review of this book, geneticist Harry Ostrer wrote that Entine's "understanding of the genetics is limited and uncritical, but his broad, well-documented sweep of Jewish history will inform even the most knowledgeable of readers."[27]

Organizational affiliations[edit]

He was previously senior research fellow at the Center for Health & Risk Communication at George Mason University where he began in 2011[28] and at GMU's STATS (Statistical Assessment Service).[29]

Entine joined the conservative American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research as an adjunct scholar in 2002 and was subsequently a visiting scholar.[citation needed] His research focuses on science and society and corporate sustainability. AEI Press has published three books written and edited by Entine: Crop Chemophobia: Will Precaution Kill the Green Revolution?, which analyzes the impact of chemicals in agriculture; Pension Fund Politics: The Dangers of Socially Responsible Investing, which focuses on the growing influence of social investing in pension funds; and Let Them Eat Precaution: How Politics Is Undermining the Genetic Revolution in Agriculture, which examined the debate over genetic modification (GMOs), food, and farming.

As of 2016, Entine was a senior fellow at the Institute Food and Agricultural Literacy at University of California Davis.[1]

In 2012 when asked about affiliations between the agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation Monsanto and his consulting company ESG Mediametrics, Entine said, “Nine years ago, I did a $2000 research project for v-Fluence, a social media company formed by former Monsanto executives. That’s the entirety of my Monsanto relationship.”[3]


  • Taboo: Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports and Why We’re Afraid to Talk About It, 2000, ISBN 1-58648-026-X
  • Pension Fund Politics: The Dangers of Socially Responsible Investing, 2005, ISBN 0-8447-4218-X
  • Scared to Death: How Chemophobia Threatens Public Health, 2011, ISBN 978-0-578-07561-7
  • Let Them Eat Precaution: How Politics is Undermining the Genetic Revolution, 2006, ISBN 0-8447-4200-7
  • Abraham's Children: Race, Identity and the DNA of the Chosen People, 2008, ISBN 0-446-58063-5
  • No Crime But Prejudice: Fischer Homes, the Immigration Fiasco, and Extrajudicial Prosecution, 2009, ISBN 978-0-692-00282-7
  • Crop Chemophobia: Will Precaution Kill the Green Revolution? 2011, ISBN 978-0-8447-4361-5


  1. ^ a b "Gary Ruskin and Jon Entine Tangle over the GMO Corporate Connection". Corporate Crime Reporter. 29 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Jon Entine". ESG Mediametrics. Archived from the original on February 12, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Philpott, Tom (February 24, 2012). "The Making of an Agribusiness Apologist". Mother Jones.
  4. ^ Brand NFL: Making and Selling America's Favorite Sport, by Michael Oriard, Univ of North Carolina Press, 2007, pg. 224.
  5. ^ Russomanno, Joseph (2002). "J.H. Desnick, M.D. Eye Services, Ltd., et al. vs American Broadcasting Companies, Inc., Jon Entine, and Sam Donaldson". Speaking our minds: Conversations with the people behind landmark First Amendment cases. Psychology Press. pp. 134–69. ISBN 9780805837674.
  6. ^ "Libel suit against ABC's 'PrimeTime Live' dismissed". The News Media & The Law. The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. Winter 2001. Retrieved October 4, 2011.
  7. ^ Posner, Richard (10 January 1995). "Desnick v. American Broadcasting Corporation". No. 94-2399. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  8. ^ Dixon, Cyril (August 28, 1994). "Besieged Body Shop comes out fighting". The Independent. London. Retrieved November 30, 2013.
  9. ^ Carroll, Archie B.; Buchholtz, Ann K. (1 January 2014). Business and Society: Ethics, Sustainability, and Stakeholder Management. Cengage Learning. pp. 583–587. ISBN 9781285734293. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  10. ^ "The Body Shop(A): Anita Roddick's Green Brand?". IBS Case Development Centre. ENT0019C. 2006. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  11. ^ Sentenac, Hannah (2014-03-11). "GMO salmon may soon hit food stores, but will anyone buy it?". Fox News. Retrieved 2018-03-04.
  12. ^ a b "Mission, Financial Transparency, Governorship". genetic literacy project. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  13. ^ Richardson, Hillary. "LibGuides: Public Health Research Guide: Genetics and Health". Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  14. ^ "Five myths about gene editing". Washington Post. August 25, 2017.
  15. ^ Anthes, Emily (9 March 2013). "Don't Be Afraid of Genetic Modification". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  16. ^ "GMO FAQS". Genetic Literacy Project. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  17. ^ Revkin, Andrew (November 2013). "A Risk Communicator Says Industry Should Embrace Labeling of Genetically Modified Food". New York Times. Archived from the original on 2020-02-26. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  18. ^ Van Hoewyk, Doug (October 23, 2015). "If GMOs are safe, why aren't they labeled? Straight answer to a valid question". Genetic Literacy Project. Retrieved September 24, 2019.
  19. ^ "The secret genomic revolution". Financial Times. March 27, 2017. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  20. ^ "Standing up for science". Nature Biotechnology. 33 (10): 1009. October 2015. doi:10.1038/nbt.3384. ISSN 1546-1696. PMID 26448065.
  21. ^ Lipton, Eric (2015-09-05). "Food Industry Enlisted Academics in G.M.O. Lobbying War, Emails Show". New York Times. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  22. ^ a b Kaskey, Jack (2 October 2015). "How Monsanto mobilized academics to pen articles supporting GMOs". Chicago Tribune.

    The [Genetic Literacy Project] said that such a disclosure isn't necessary because [Monsanto] didn't pay the authors and wasn't involved in writing or editing the articles.

    I got independent articles written by independent professors," Entine said [. . .]. "I ended up working with the professors to edit their pieces and I had total control over the final product. There is nothing to disclose.

  23. ^ "Let Them Eat Precaution: How Politics Is Undermining the Genetic Revolution in Agriculture". Goodreads. Retrieved November 30, 2013.
  24. ^ a b Nobody Does It Better: A journalist looks at the sensitive issue of how black athletes came to rule American sports, by Jim Holt], New York Times, April 16, 2000.
  25. ^ Bernstein, Richard (January 14, 2000). "Books of the Times: The race to the swift. Or is it the swift to the race?". The New York Times. Retrieved November 30, 2013.
  26. ^ a b Marks, Jonathan (8 April 2000). "A feckless quest for a basketball gene". The New York Times.
  27. ^ Ostrer, Harry (February 2008). "A genetic view of Jewish history". Nature Genetics. 40 (127): 127. doi:10.1038/ng0208-127. S2CID 28651435.
  28. ^ "Founding CHRC Faculty Scholars". [The Center for Health and Risk Communication. Archived from the original on November 2, 2013. Retrieved November 30, 2013.
  29. ^ "STATS - Staff". George Mason University. Archived from the original on December 7, 2013. Retrieved November 30, 2013.

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