The vice-chair of a U.K. group looking at scientifically altered foods quit because it was headed in "false, narrow and preordained directions," according to Brian Wynne's resignation letter released this week.
Wynne, an academic sociologist, said the public dialogue committee of the government's Food Standards Agency had become interested in trying to convince the public that genetically modified foods (GMO) were safe rather than gauging the English mood regarding the science — the group's initial mandate.
In the end, "I have been forced to the reluctant conclusion that there are too many unaccountable forces ... working against a proper process," said the resignation letter of the professor at Lancaster University in northwest Britain.
Wynne is the second senior person to quit the FSA's subcommittee in the past two weeks.
Helen Wallace, who also sat on the dialogue committee, resigned on May 26.
It "has now become clear to me that the process that the FSA has in mind is nothing more than a PR exercise on behalf of the [genetically modified food]industry," Wallace said in her resignation letter.
Many groups in various countries have been concerned about the health foods of scientifically modified foods. In response, the U.K. government, like many countries worldwide, has been seeking ways to talk to people about these so-called Frankenfoods.