13 May 1999
Monsanto attempts to woo scientists

MONSANTO wants scientists to do a better job of explaining the benefits of genetically modified (GM) crops to consumers.

Ann Foster, director of public affairs for the controversial US biotechnology giant, said the scientists had a vital part to play in ensuring the facts were known.

She told the annual meeting of the Scottish Society for Crop Research that GM technology would bring enormous benefits to them and consumers.

Meanwhile, the Israeli agrochemicals producer MA Industries has signed a agreement to co-operate with Monsanto in China.

The deal is designed to help MA penetrate Chinas $600 million (£370m) agrochemicals market by using Monsantos network of over 100 sales and marketing representatives.