Letters, The Observer, 7 September 2003
You report that I was approached by a leading member of the Government's GM science review panel (News, last week). In fact I was never at any stage contacted personally. The exercise of pressure that I reported to the GM Science Review Panel concerned an approach made to a senior official at a major research funding body. My reason for not having named the author of this approach is not due to persuasion by Sir David King. In order for me to confirm the details of this incident, I had to give undertakings to my initial informants - for their own protection - that I would not make public either their own identities or that of the author. It is this promise that has constrained me.
University of Sussex
GM DEMOCRACY - NATIONAL FARMERS UNION SPOKESPERSON IN CANADA
"In a real democracy, the government would say in the interests of the citizens that we don't want this. The fact is, GM technology has nothing to offer. It's like a doctor saying, "Here's a pill. It won't make you feel any better, and it might be bad for you." Who wants to swallow that? But Monsanto want it, and we don't have a real democracy."
NEW ZEALAND MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT: 'GM industry falling apart worldwide'
"How many polls, protests and warning signs does it take...? The Government is not listening to science, to its own voters or to our overseas markets. Countries that embraced GM food in the mid-1990s were ignorant and careless. Countries that voluntarily give up their coveted GM-free status now are being deliberately and obstinately foolish."
CANADIAN FARMER ARNOLD TAYLOR ON GM
"The land forgives a lot. But this is a step too far. We play with nature at our peril. And Nature always bats last. She'll have the final say. We think we've got it sorted - but we've really no idea what we are doing."
"They tell us that GM food isn't bad for our health, but the jury may be out on that for years. And why should we believe them anyway? They told us GM would help farming, and it has brought nothing but trouble."
Andy Stirling clarification