30. British journalism's greatest ever scoops: Revealed: Secret GM crop trials (Independent on Sunday, Geoffrey Lean, 2000)

The Independent’s environment editor revealed that top-secret trials of GM crops were underway in five British counties “despite repeated government promises that it would never allow them to take place”.

The secrecy surrounding the experiment was so tight that even Michael Meacher, the environment minister in charge of GM crops, had apparently been kept in the dark.

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