13 July 1998
Monsanto enlists politicians to endorse GM foods

MONSANTO is signing up Third World political leaders in a bid to gain acceptance worldwide for genetically-modified (GM) food.

The US agrochemical company commissioned Global Business Access, a Washington-based lobbying firm, to write to leading African politicians to seek their endorsement of its advertising campaign in support of the use of biotechnology in food.

It wants to use the adverts to influence public opinion in the US and Europe.

It claims to have already secured the support of several influential names to help with the proposed advert which it says is likely to appear this summer.

  • The Times 13/07/98 page 48