GeneWatch PR: New GM dialogue resignation welcomed

GeneWatch UK today welcomed the resignation of Professor Brian Wynne from the Steering Group of the Food Standards Agency's public dialogue 'Food: the use of GM' (1,2). In his resignation letter, Professor Wynne expresses serious concerns about the role of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and its Director, former agriculture minister Lord Rooker, in running the public dialogue.


Professor Wynne's resignation follows the resignation of GeneWatch's Director, Dr Helen Wallace last week, when she revealed that one of the short-listed contractors is also engaged in 'reputation management' for the GM industry (3).


"A process that was barely credible has become a farce", said Dr Wallace, "Taxpayers' money should not be wasted on a PR exercise for the GM industry."


The US company Monsanto controls 95% of the market for GM seeds. Dow (US), DuPont (US), Syngenta (Switzerland), BASF (Germany) and Bayer (Germany) are the other companies involved.


Notes for Editors


(1) Professor Wynne's resignation letter is available on:

His resignation is reported in the Telegraph:

Brian Wynne was Vice Chair of the Steering Group and is a leading expert on public understanding of science. He is Professor of Science Studies at Lancaster University, and Associate Director of the ESRC Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (Cesagen). 


(2) The FSA's description of the GM dialogue is on:  


(3) Dr Wallace's resignation letter is available on:


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