Hillary Clinton aide Jack Bobo tells EU: stop 'bashing' GM
In the week environment secretary Owen Paterson made waves with pro-GM comments, a senior US official has further fuelled the debate by urging Europe to come clean with consumers over GM.
Senior advisor on biotech to Hillary Clinton, Jack Bobo, expressed astonishment at the level of public criticism around GM in the EU when - behind the scenes - GM material was widely used in food production.
“You shouldn’t be bashing something you rely on,” he said. “The European livestock industry runs on genetically engineered feed, and GM organisms are widely used in cheese, wine and beer. Let’s make sure we provide all the information, which includes saying: ‘look you’ve been eating beer, wine and cheese for all this time and you’re doing fine.’”
Bobo’s comments echo Defra secretary of state Owen Paterson’s dismissal of health fears surrounding GM, earlier this week, as “nonsense”, adding there was not a single piece of meat served in a typical London restaurant that had not come from animals fed on GM feed.