22 January 1999
Lords’ GM food report ‘biased’
CONSUMER and environmental groups have accused the House of Lords of bias in its reports on genetically modified (GM) crops.
The report, released yesterday (Thursday), dismissed objections to GM crops on environmental and health grounds, saying the benefits of the technology outweighed any risks.
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The accusations of bias centre on the fact that 9 of the 12 peers sitting on the Lords committee are farmers or have interests in the food industry.
The Guardian today published a list of the peers who included, Lord Joplin, a shareholder in Zeneca, one of the biggest biotechnology companies.
The peers are also accused of taking evidence mostly from people who had financial interests in the development of the technology.
- Lords give go-ahead for GM crops, FWi, yesterday (21 January, 1999)
- The Guardian 22/01/99 page 14