15 June 2001
Prince Andrew speech riles greens
By FWi staff
ENVIRONMENTALISTS have reacted with anger to news that Prince Andrew is to make a keynote speech at a biotechnology industry trade fair, reports The Guardian.
Britains future roving trade ambassador will be a high-profile speaker at the Bio2001 event in San Diego on 25 June.
Sponsors include leading genetically modified food manufacturers Monsanto, Aventis, Dow AgroSciences and AstraZeneca, reports the newspaper.
A Greenpeace spokesman called for the Prince to cancel the visit, warning that it would be seen as a Royal seal of approval for GM technology.
It also adds to suggestions of a split at Buckingham Palace over GM technology.
Prince Charles is an outspoken critic of GM crops, while the Princess Royal has voiced her support for the technology.
- Princess Anne wants to go organic, FWi, 05 June, 2000
- Prince Charles warns of GM disaster, FWi, 17 May, 2000
- The Guardian, 15 June, 2001, page 3
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