Reporterre today reveals that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has paid 1.3 million euros to exert pressure on the European Commission. The challenge: to circumvent a decision of the European Court of Justice on “new GMOs”. We detail the tricks and methods of this lobbying, in partnership with several European newspapers. Intense exchanges with the European Commission – discussions, “scientific” events, a host of new task forces and other working groups… and, above all, $1.5 million (€1.3 million) disbursed by American billionaire Bill Gates. Lobbying in favour of “new GMOs” – or organisms resulting from “new genome editing techniques” as their defenders prefer to say – is roaring at the heart of the bodies of the European Union. The big agrochemical firms and certain biotechnology researchers are eagerly seeking to evade the regulations on these GMO organisms obtained by new biotechnological techniques.
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