Monsanto hits back at Princes attack on GMOs

09 June 1998

Monsanto hits back at Prince’s attack on GMOs

MONSANTO has criticised the Prince of Wales after his call yesterday (Monday) to halt the spread of genetically modified (GM) crops.

It said it was a matter for the regulatory agencies.

UK consumer and environmental groups welcomed the Princes intervention. Norman Baker, Liberal Democrat environment spokesman, called for a five-year moratorium on the commercial planting of GM crops so more research could be done.

But the European Association for Bio-industries, Europa Bio, believed the Swiss referendum – which approved the technology at the weekend – would influence public opinion throughout Europe.

Ben Gill, president of the National Farmers Union, said some of the concerns the Prince raised were valid but it was wrong to condemn the entire technology.

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