"We have seen some of those conspiracy theories, but haven’t seen any evidence to support them."
Weird. That's kind of what I said.
And what does a food historian think of the claims?
Author and food historian Rachel Laudan admitted she hadn't been following the saga closely (shocker!), but still offered some insight. "I think first of all, you have to consider that it would have been a huge risk for any corporation involved in GMO to try and sabotage Chipotle," she said. "Most of the people doing GMO, which of course goes far beyond Monsanto, are actively trying to improve their public image... something like this would be completely against their self-interest."
Is there any historical precedence for something like this happening?
"There are plenty of stories about fraud in the history of the food industry -- meat pie-makers selling pies they know are off (spoiled), or after the industrial revolution food companies using adulterants -- but I can't think of anything where you have a major food corporation undercover sabotaging another one. That doesn't mean it hasn't happened, but I follow food history fairly closely... and I can't think of anything."