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Corporate Control Over GMO Research

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The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is one of seven UK Research Councils, which are funded by the government's Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Their vision, as stated on their Web site, is "to lead world-class 21st century bioscience, promoting innovation and realizing benefits for society within and beyond the UK."

The UK government is known to be very receiving to genetically modified organisms (GMO) and last year the UK's Agriculture Biotechnology Council (ABC) even published a new report "Going for Growth," which, according to GMWatch, "calls for GM to be put at the heart of agricultural development in the UK."

While ABC is not a government authority -- it's a GM industry lobby group that represents the interests of Monsanto, Bayer, DuPont, Syngenta and other biotech giants - the organization met with key UK government officials to present their case, and reportedly "the industry's push for GM is already being welcomed."

This indeed appears to be the case, as now evidenced by a significant connection between BBSRC and a leading biotech research firm, Rothamsted Research.

BBSRC Is Rothamsted's Largest Funder, Tied to Fraudulent Research

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council is the largest funder of Rothamsted Research. This publically funded firm is working on developing projects like genetically modified wheat that deters aphids and genetically modifying wheat and other seeds to change the contents of minerals, fatty acids and other nutrients.

Last year a group of 400 protestors, including farmers, politicians and activists, demonstrated outside an open-air test plot for Rothamsted's GM wheat, voicing concerns that it could contaminate other crops and take away consumers' access to non-GM wheat.

Professor Maurice Moloney, head of Rothamsted Research, also authored a statement from the UK's Science Media Centre (which is funded by Monsanto, Syngenta and other biotech giants) that attempted to debunk an independent study demonstrating harm from eating genetically engineered food...

Yet Rothamsted Research is in no place to be discrediting other research. In fact, they have a joint laboratory with China under the direction of Guangyuan He, a researcher whose 2012 study on GM wheat was recently retracted due to fraudulent content "with serious consequences to wheat production and its economic impact."

This is the same group of researchers who also retracted a separate study on GM wheat last year after claiming they were having trouble replicating the findings.

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