Research group pleaded with protesters to call off their threat to destroy trials – and even offered to fund public debate.

This article titled “The GM scientists’ risky strategy that won public support” was written by Ian Sample, science editor, for The Guardian on Sunday 27th May 2012 19.26 UTC

The phrase “Frankenfood” entered tabloid English at the turn of the last century when protesters, backed by the green movement, trashed GM crops wearing white overalls and face masks as an emotive PR tactic.

Much of the early opposition to GM crops was aimed at multinational companies, especially Monsanto, whose heavy-handed approach to public concern stoked resentment and mistrust. When asked in 1998 about the safety of GM foods, one senior Monsanto figure in the US said: “Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the FDA’s job.”

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