Why is John Innes Centre ‘winning’ £6m for GM research headline news – but not the Government’s £45m?

16 Jul

This question is asked – and answered in a post on a sister site which opens:

A month after the event, the BBC has announced Gates Foundation funding for John Innes’ GM research – but fails to mention that this is minute compared with the British government’s contribution:

A team of British plant scientists has won a $10m (£6.4m) grant from the Gates Foundation to develop GM cereal crops. It is one of the largest single investments into GM in the UK and will be used to cultivate corn, wheat and rice that need little or no fertiliser. It comes at a time when bio-tech researchers are trying to allay public fears over genetic modification. The work at the John Innes Centre in Norwich is hoped to benefit African farmers who cannot afford fertiliser.

With no reference to genetic modification, this funding was first tactfully announced a month ago on the Gates Foundation website . . .

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