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An A-Z of the people and groups behind the push for GM. It includes links to the web portal GMWatch SpinProfiles – our in-depth guide to the networks of power, lobbying and deceptive PR around the GM issue.

Academics Review
Website used to attack GM critic and author Jeffrey Smith and his book Genetic Roulette.
Article: New site attacks Jeffrey Smith
Links to: Bruce ChassyDavid Tribe

Website affiliated with the Monsanto-backed Center for Consumer Freedom.
Profiles: GMWatch SpinProfile, Sourcewatch 
Article: Tobacco Money Takes on Activist Cash
Links to: Rick Berman

 South Africa
Industry front group that lobbies for the adoption of GM crops in Africa.
Profiles: GMWatch SpinProfile 
Links to: Muffy KochJocelyn WebsterJennifer Thomson

African Agricultural Technology Foundation
Industry front group that facilitates the transfer of GM crops to Africa.
Profiles: GMWatch SpinProfile
Links to: Jennifer ThomsonGerard BarryFlorence Wambugu

African Biotechnology Stakeholders Forum
Industry front group spun off by ISAAA and Florence Wambugu.
Profiles: GMWatch SpinProfile 
Links to: Florence Wambugu

Africa Harvest Biotechnology Foundation International 
Incorporated in the USA; headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya
Industry front group set up to promote GM crops in Africa with backing from Croplife International.
Profiles: GMWatch SpinProfile
Article: Reuters Corrects Reporting of GM Lobbyists
Links to: Florence WambuguCroplife International

Journal of Agrobiotechnology Management & Economics, with well known GM proponents, like C. S. Prakash, on its editorial board. Funded by the Illinois-Missouri Biotechnology Alliance whose purpose is “to fund biotechnology research… directed at expanding the volume of profitable businesses in the US food and agricultural sector”. “Peer reviews” reports by PG Economics.
Article: GMOs cut greenhouse gas emissions, says new report
Links to: PG Economics

Pro-GM listserv of AgBioWorld.
Profiles: GMWatch SpinProfile
Article: Seeds of Dissent
Links to: C.S. PrakashMary MurphyAndura Smetacek

Website/campaign established by C. S. Prakash and Competitive Enterprise Institute.
Profiles: GMWatch SpinProfile
Article: Corporate Ghosts
Links to: Greg ConkoMary MurphyAndura Smetacek

Agricultural Biotechnology Council
Lobby group of the main GM firms.
Profiles: GMWatch SpinProfile 
Links to: Lexington Communications

Agricultural Biotechnology Support Program (ABSP)
USAID project in partnership with GM firms to promote GM crops in developing countries.
Profiles: GMWatch SpinProfile 
Links to: USAID, Program for Biosafety Systems (PBS)

Agriculture Commodity Coalition
Group of farm commodity organizations funded by industry-backed Council for Biotechnology Information.
Profiles:GMWatch SpinProfile 
Links to: Kimball Nill

Alliance for Abundant Food and Energy
Industry lobby group – includes Monsanto – that promotes crop-based biofuels.
Profiles: GMWatch SpinProfile 
Linked to: MonsantoDuPont

American Council on Science and Health
Industry front group that produces PR for food and chemical industries.
Profiles: GMWatch SpinProfile 
Links to: Elizabeth WhelanHenry I. MillerDennis Avery

American Enterprise Institute
Influential neoconservative think tank. Behind NGO Watch.
Profiles: GMWatch SpinProfile
Links to: Dow ChemicalExxonMerckRoger BateProject for the New American Century

American Farm Bureau Federation
Controversial lobbying organization representing farmers and ranchers but with big agribiz connections.
Profiles: GMWatch SpinProfile 
Links to: Truth About Trade and TechnologyDean Kleckner

American Soybean Association
Claims to represent soybean growers but receives funding from GM firms.
Profiles: GMWatch SpinProfile 
Links to: Kimball Nill

Klaus Ammann
Key European lobbyist for GM crops.
Profiles: GMWatch SpinProfile 
Links to: Public Research and Regulation InitiativeEFBAskForce

Philip Angell
Former director of communications for Monsanto.
Profiles: GMWatch SpinProfile 
Links to: Jay ByrneGraydon ForrerWilliam D. RuckelshausBivings

Andrew Apel
Former editor of biotech industry newsletter and regular contributor to AgBioView.
Profiles: GMWatch SpinProfile 
Links to: AgBioView, AgBioWorldC.S. Prakash

Ron Arnold
Executive vice-president, Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise, pioneer Wise Use Movement.
Profiles: GMWatch SpinProfile 
Article: The Uncle Tom Award 
Links to: Center for the Defense of Free EnterprisePaul Driessen

Charles J. Arntzen
Genetic engineer specializing in edible vaccines.
Profiles: GMWatch SpinProfile 

Ascham Associates
PR consultancy of former Dupont PR man.
Profiles: GMWatch SpinProfile 
Links to: Martin LivermoreScientific Alliance

Asian Food Information Centre
Front group for food, agriculture and biotech industries.
Profiles: GMWatch SpinProfile 
Links to: International Food Information Council

Asian Rice Biotechnology Network
Set up by the International Rice Research Institute to help roll out GM rice in Asia.
Profiles: GMWatch SpinProfile 
Links to: International Rice Research Institute

Alex Avery
Aggressively lobbies for GM foods and against organic farming.
Profiles: GMWatch SpinProfileSourceWatch
Article: Fake Blood on the Maize
Links to: Dennis AveryHudson InstituteCenter for Global Food IssuesGraydon Forrer

Dennis Avery
Crusades against organic farming and for GMOs, pesticides and climate scepticism.
Profiles:GMWatch SpinprofileSourceWatch
Links to: Alex AveryCenter for Global Food IssuesHudson InstituteAmerican Council on Science and Health

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