Farm-Gate: GM Lobbying Links Falling on Defra Ears

After Guido’s investigations into the lobbying ties that the Secretary of State of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has with the bio-tech and GM food industry, this morning’s Mail raises yet another conflict of interest of Caroline Spelman:

“Startling evidence emerged yesterday of how pro-GM lobbyists helped to draft a major report on the cultivation and sale of such crops. An email trail revealed close links between the Agricultural Biotechnology Council, which represents GM food giants such as Monsanto, and the Food Standards Agency, which oversees the food industry. Members of the council succeeded in having controversial pro-GM paragraphs inserted into an FSA report published last year. They suggested changes including a claim that genetically modified foods could keep food prices down.”

Obviously the whole half a million pound report has now been drawn into question.  Whether or not to implement the report is Spelman’s decision, but how is the public meant to have faith in her choices given her connections to her husband’s bio-tech and GM food lobbying firm? A company that until a year ago, Mrs Spelman owned half of and was being run out of her constituency home. It is still trading under her married and maiden names. Apparently Defra don’t see any problems.

See Also: Spelman’s Agri-Business Bio-Tech Lobbying Past, Mr Spelman’s Tricky Contract and Spelman’s Blatant Bio-Tech Backing




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