Fears of GMOs based on ‘commercial politics’, says Gates director


The Irish Times

Published on 16 April 2013

The head of the Bill Gates Foundation told a Dublin conferencve on hunger that the dominance of Monsanto in the GM sector meant governments were wary of introducing genetically modified organisms.

European fear of genetically modified organisms has more to do with “commercial politics than it does with the safety of the products”, the director of the Gates Foundation’s $2.5 billion agricultural strategy has said.

“Right now the only company which sells much is an American company. For anyone to take on that issue and try to open it up it’s really opening it up for Monsanto. I can’t imagine anyone wanting to,” said Mr Dryden, who previously ran a GM seed company, Emergent Genetics.

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