Diary: Monsanto communications chief bemused by GM media mayhem

Monsanto’s public affairs manager, Dan Verakis, was taken aback by all the media attention that surrounded the company’s hearing in a Lincolnshire magistrates’ court last week.

Monsanto’s public affairs manager, Dan Verakis, was taken aback by

all the media attention that surrounded the company’s hearing in a

Lincolnshire magistrates’ court last week.



Of the mayhem outside the court he says: ’If you saw what actually

happened at the hearing, it wasn’t quite deserving of the hysteria that

was whipped up.’



At the hearing on Wednesday, Monsanto was fined for neglecting barriers

designed to stop a trial GM crop escaping into the surrounding

countryside.



Expecting some coverage, Verakis travelled to Caistor, the town where

the hearing took place, the night before. By the Wednesday, he and the

rest of the Monsanto team found themselves pursued through the town by

video journalists. According to Verakis their every move, including

popping into a coffee shop was recorded. ’Having three Satellite trucks

show up in Caistor was probably the most exciting thing that’s happened

in that town,’ he says.



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