"Links to the food industry" is, unfortunately, a price to pay for having such good experts in the area. We cannot expect them to remain in an ivory tower, refusing all requests from industry to comment, consult and advise. We expect them to declare interests and that is exactly what they do, if the situation arises. This negative whingeing attitude and vandalism against crop biotechnology are doing no one any good. Biotechnology has a significant contribution to make to food quality and safety.