A group of eleven scientific advisers charged with helping the UK set up a public debate on the future of GM foods has launched a scathing attack on the government's motives.
It warns the entire exercise is in danger of being seen as a huge public relations exercise unless ministers make radical changes to the funding, formula and timetable for the debate.
In a damning 19-page document setting out their concerns, the advisers claim the £250,000 set aside for the project is "derisory" and will not cover the cost of a proper public debate that will have a real impact on government decisions.
The advisers also warn the whole process is not being driven by what the public really think about GM foods. Instead, it's a "top-down steering process," one that betrays "deeply embedded but flawed institutional beliefs about the public and science."
As for the timetable for the debate,...