What The Papers Say: Emotion reigns in the GM food debate

Rational behaviour appeared to have been forgotten by the press as the furore over GM foods erupted last week. The Observer appeared to be the only publication consistently publishing in letter form, informed, rational and largely favourable opinion.

Rational behaviour appeared to have been forgotten by the press as

the furore over GM foods erupted last week. The Observer appeared to be

the only publication consistently publishing in letter form, informed,

rational and largely favourable opinion.



There is no doubt that the spectre of BSE is hanging over the

debate.



The current Government appears to be putting its head in the same noose

once occupied by the Opposition if it fails to take notice of public

opinion on this subject.



Tony Blair was represented as being swayed by industry lobbying and

funding, paying no attention to vociferous and concerned public

opinion.



Malcolm Walker, chairman of Iceland, the only supermarket to stand up

against GM food, was very much in evidence over the weekend. Ann Foster,

for Monsanto could be seen putting forward the pro-GM messages, but they

did not have the same emotional appeal. In the media frenzy, the

’emotional’ is undoubtedly triumphing over the ’rational’ debate.



Evaluation and analysis by CARMA International. Cuttings supplied by the

Broadcast Monitoring Company. ’What The Papers Say’ can be found at:

www.carma.com.



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