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An ‘Astro-Turf’ Lobby Group For The Greens?

Are the Physicians & Scientists for Responsible Genetics (PSRG) a real scientific group or are they an ‘astro-turf’ lobby group for the Greens, asks ACT Agriculture spokesman Gerry Eckhoff.

The Greens have consistently criticised the use of lobby groups by organisations like Timberlands, to influence public opinion. The PSRG today issued a press release comparing the passage of the Singapore Free Trade Agreement with the Multi-lateral Agreement on Investment.

“PSRG’s release today has no mention of any kind of science, never mind genetic engineering. This release strongly suggests that PSRG are a politically organised group.

“The PSRG have a direct link to the Greens webpage and have supported the Greens one hundred per cent on every issue, genetic engineering or otherwise.

“Are they a real organisation or a covert extension of the Greens?

“PSRG can now never be taken seriously as a commentator in the GE debate. Nobody minds if a group takes a strong stand on one side of a debate that they have an overt interest in, but for an organisation to blatantly issue political statements with no obvious connection to their raison d’etre is ridiculous.

“If the PSRG wish to be taken seriously they need to identify who they are and which, if any, political organisation they are affiliate to, as they are clearly pushing political agendas rather than science,” said Gerry Eckhoff.


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