An energetic and unprincipled push is currently underway by the UK government and research establishment to foist GM technology on a wary and sceptical public. Whatever merit GMOs might have, the claims being made for it are over exaggerated and the risks understated by politicians and pro-GM researchers. The media are largely unquestioning. Alternatives to GM do exist but are being ignored. This presentation will review these issues and using the GM wheat trial at Rothamsted highlight how organic and agro-ecological alternatives are being side-lined.