Advertisement
Perspective

Perspective The Perspective section provides experts with a forum to comment on topical or controversial issues of broad interest.

See all article types »

“Interactive Technology Assessment” and Beyond: the Field Trial of Genetically Modified Grapevines at INRA-Colmar

  • The Local Monitoring Committee,

    The Local Monitoring Committee comprises members from the Alsace winegrowing profession, the Association of Alsace Winegrowers, the Institut National des Appellations d'Origine, the Alsace Consumers Association, the Agricultural and Viticultural Training School, an agricultural union (la Confédération Paysanne), a nature preservation society (Alsace Nature), an independent winegrower, a neighbour of the trial site, a representative from the Plant Protection Services (DRAAF), a representative from the Regional Directorate for the Environment (DIREN), an elected representative from the Regional Council, an elected representative from the Town Council, the researcher managing the research programme, and the President of the INRA Centre in Colmar, who acts as moderator.

    X
  • Olivier Lemaire,

    Affiliation: INRA/UDS, UMR1131 Santé de la Vigne et Qualité du Vin, F-68021 Colmar, France

    X
  • Anne Moneyron,

    Affiliation: INRA/UDS, UMR1131 Santé de la Vigne et Qualité du Vin, F-68021 Colmar, France

    X
  • Jean E. Masson mail

    jean.masson@colmar.inra.fr

    Affiliation: INRA/UDS, UMR1131 Santé de la Vigne et Qualité du Vin, F-68021 Colmar, France

    X
  • Published: November 30, 2010
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1000551

Reader Comments (1)

Post a new comment on this article

There are competing interests

Posted by jlkreiss on 30 Mar 2011 at 06:38 GMT

The authors of this article declared they had no competing interests and the funder (INRA) had no role in the study. It seems quite incorrect:

- At least two of the authors : Lemaire and Masson work at INRA and were part of the GM-grapevine-experience. One of them, Masson, is at the same time president of INRA-Colmar responsible for the experiment AND "moderator" for the "Local Monitoring Committee" (see Box 2). The so-called "Interactive technology assessment" experience may as a result be distorted leading to inexact conclusions.

- The funder (INRA) clearly had a role in study design, given that at least 2 of the authors are employees of INRA.

Competing interests declared: Citizen against GM-experiences in the fields (philosophical/ethical interests).
Part of the group who "neutralized" the GM-experiment in august 2010.