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
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
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
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