Monsanto's World Wide Web of Deceit
The Guardian, Letters, Thursday
May 16, 2002
SCIENTISTS IN A SPIN...
George Monbiot's allegations about
Monsanto and its incognito spinmeisters (The fake
persuaders, May 14) tell only part of this tale of manipulation of
science and scientists. At the Ecologist we have seen at first hand just
how easily even eminent scientists can become caught up in PR operations.
After reporting that the Herald newspaper had had to pay out damages for
publishing libellous allegations in an anti-Greenpeace letter, we were
contacted by Prof Anthony
Trewavas who had been named in the high court as the letter's author.
Not so, said Professor Trewavas. He had merely been circulating material
written by Andura Smetacek. Who she? One of the PR operatives Monbiot shows
has been involved in smearing GM critics.
Editor, The Ecologist