04 March 1999
GM industry ‘tries to blind with science’

THE genetically modified (GM) food industry has tried to blind consumers with science, but now opposition is growing, according to a guest contributor to the Financial Times.

The author is Dr Sue Mayer, director of GeneWatch, one of the groups supporting the Five-Year Freeze Campaign.

The Financial Times also reviews a book – Against the Grain by Marc Lappe and Britt Bailey – which criticises the speed and scale of agricultures genetic revolution.

The authors argue the frenetic pace of the genetic revolution in agriculture has not been accompanied by sufficient consideration for long-term concerns.

The growing power of the few agrochemical companies involved in biotechnology could result in monoculture farming methods, in which a single variety of a crop is grown on a vast scale.