Vlad Odobescu is a freelance journalist based in Bucharest, Romania. He is a member of the Romanian Centre for Investigative Journalism (www.crji.org), and Casa Jurnalistului (www.casajurnalistului.ro).
In recent years, Romanian politicians have switched their opinion about GMOs. Almost every time, prior to that opinion change, the US Embassy in Bucharest and American politicians intervened in favor of the biotech industry. They did so by financing programs that allowed Romanian politicians to travel to the US to study American agriculture or visit farms and by arranging for American biotech experts to meet with Romanian officials in Bucharest.