Anti-GM Warrior Melchett joins PR firm that advised Monsanto
Lord Melchett, the former head of Greenpeace UK who was arrested two years ago after leading an attack on a genetically modified crop, startled former colleagues yesterday by announcing he had taken a job at a PR company which has represented Monsanto and the European biotech industry.
In a move that has provoked scorn from anti-GM activists, the former Labour minister and farmer, who is on the board of Greenpeace International, is to become a consultant for Burson-Marsteller, the world's largest corporate communications company. He will be paid an undisclosed annual retainer and has a brief to talk to whoever he likes.
Yesterday Lord Melchett said he would be an adviser in Burson-Marsteller's corporate social responsibility unit, and would work only with the companies he chose to.
"I will be more selective than when I worked at Greenpeace," he said.
"My values have not changed at all and if I think a company should close down I shall tell them. I shall tell them the truth."
Kind of like when a hacker goes to work for an internet security firm. Everyone has a price, or so it would seem...
BTW, you have just posted the longest link in the short history of the internet, Cubbie. ;D
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