Matt Damon’s ‘Informant’ only part of the story, says ADM whistleblower

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The man who blew the whistle on a price-fixing scheme at ADM – and now the subject of a Hollywood film called The Informant starring Matt Damon – is using his fame to help prevent cancer… with selenium.

As the movie prepares to premiere tonight in New York, Mark Whitacre is embarking on a campaign to improve health via nutrition, a ‘vocation’ he said became clear during the eight-year prison sentence he served for his role in the plot.

The incarceration marked the beginning of a shift from his “focus on corporate greed to a life as an ‘agent of change’,” ​he said.

His new website,​, provides information on how people can manage their health, including information on cancer prevention. Whitacre is now the COO of Cypress Systems, which manufactures a selenium ingredient, thought to help reduce the risk of developing certain cancers.

Whitacre was a high-level executive in ADM between 1989 and 1995. During his last years with the company he was working as an informant for the FBI, which was investigating the firm for a price-fixing conspiracy involving the animal feed ingredient lysine. He lost his protection from the case after it was revealed that he had been embezzling money from the firm.

To listen to a NutraIngredients-USA interview with him, click here​.

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