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Gene giants free USA trips for NFU chiefs

25 May 1999
Gene giant’s free USA trips for NFU chiefs

SENIOR officials from the National Farmers Union took free trips to the USA courtesy of the biotechnology giant Monsanto, it has emerged …more…


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Gene giants free USA trips for NFU chiefs

25 May 1999
Gene giant’s free USA trips for NFU chiefs

SENIOR officials from the National Farmers Union) took free trips to the USA courtesy of the biotechnology giant Monsanto, it has emerged …more…


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Gene giants free USA trips for NFU chiefs

25 May 1999
Gene giant’s free USA trips for NFU chiefs

SENIOR officials from the National Farmers Union) took free trips to the USA courtesy of the biotechnology giant Monsanto, it has emerged …more…


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Gene giants free USA trips for NFU chiefs

25 May 1999
Gene giant’s free USA trips for NFU chiefs

By Johann Tasker

SENIOR officials from the National Farmers Union (NFU) took free-trips to the USA courtesy of the biotechnology giant Monsanto, it has emerged.

Richard Butler, chairman of the NFU cereals committee, and Peter Limb, a former chairman of the same committee, flew to the USA to meet Monsanto in March.

Details of the NFU trip are revealed in a letter to a farmer from union president Ben Gill, which was leaked this morning to Farmers Weekly.

The two men attended a Monsanto-organised wheat seminar and discussed the marketing of genetically modified (GM) crops in Europe with Monsanto officials.

“There is, of course, a logical reason” for the visit, writes Mr Gill.

“We cannot ignore a development which has already led to a greater area of GM crops being sold world-wide than the total, let alone cropped area of the UK.”

The letter reveals that Mr Gill gave his own personal backing for Mr Butler to fly to the USA because Monsantos programme allowed direct UK/EU farmer contact.

“Richard Butler sought my approval before accepting the Monsanto invitation: I believe we have taken the right decision,” writes Mr Gill.

Mr Gill claims that Mr Limb went on the trip as a representative of the Home-Grown Cereals Authority, rather than as an NFU official.

“Monsanto wanted to discuss with representatives of the EU wheat industry, both growers and processors, why European public opinion differed from US concerns.”

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