Serial newspaper letter writer and Queenslander Jason Leske has penned a letter for today’s The Age newspaper. He reckons GM modifier Monsanto is funding astroturf activity to further the acceptance for GM crops downunder, writing:
“Monsanto is a multinational corporation that licences GM corp technologies. It also funds the Institute of Public Affairs, which created the Australian Environment Foundation. Max Rheese, executive director of AEF writes letters talking up GM crop technologies. I wonder why?” If Jason’s right, then AEF’s alleged independence deserves scrutiny. Monsanto is certainly down on AEF’s web as a recent sponsor of the AEF’s conference. Maybe Max Rheese will clarify the situation?
Who is AEF (from their web)?
The Australian Environment Foundation (AEF) is a not-for-profit, membership-based environment organisation having no political affiliation. The AEF is a different kind of environment group, caring for both Australia & Australians. Many of our members are practical environmentalists â€“ people who actively use and also care for the environment. We accept that environmental protection and sustainable resource use are generally compatible. For more information about the AEF visit http://www.aefweb.info