Vi-Aqua

TJ McIntyre made this Freedom of Information request to Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

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From: TJ McIntyre

31 August 2013

Dear Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew,

I understand from a recent Irish newspaper article entitled "Wave
goodbye to global warming, GM and pesticides - Radio wave-treated
water could change agriculture as we know it" that the Royal
Botanic Gardens endorsed a product by the name of Vi-Aqua.[1]

I also see on the Vi-Aqua website today the statement: "Spectacular
results have been achieved with the installation of Vi-Aqua on our
Reverse Osmosis System. Most of our rare species of Orchid have
responded outstandingly, and in a way not witnessed before at RBG
Kew" which is attributed to Phil Griffiths of your institute.[2]

I also understand from your Twitter account that: "Kew has not
endorsed these products since 2006. The article in the Irish
Independent was inaccurate."[3]

I would be obliged if you could now provide the following
information:

1. Why was this product endorsed by you?

2. Was any fee payable to you in connection with this endorsement?
If so, how much?

3. What steps did you take to verify the claims made in connection
with this product prior to its endorsement?

4. Why did this endorsement come to an end in 2006?

5. Do you stand over the claim attributed to Phil Griffiths?

In addition, I would be obliged if you would provide the following
documents:

6. All documents held by you in relation to this endorsement.

7. The licensing agreement.

8. Any correspondence received by you from third parties regarding
Vi-Aqua.

I understand that the documents for 6, 7 and 8 may take more time
to put together so I would be obliged if you would reply regarding
1-5 as soon as you have that information rather than waiting for
the remainder.

Yours faithfully,

TJ McIntyre

[1]
http://www.independent.ie/business/irish...
[2] http://viaqua.ie/
[3] https://twitter.com/kewgardens/status/37...

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Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

2 September 2013

Dear Mr/Ms McIntyre
Thank you for your email which I have passed to Kew's Chief Information Officer.
Kind regards

Katrina Roche
Customer Information Supervisor
Visitor Services
Public Engagement & Learning
Tel. 0208 332 5614
www.kew.org

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From: Miranda Fisher
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

18 September 2013

Dear TJ McIntyre,

 

Thank you for your request for information about RBG Kew’s endorsement of
a product called Vi-Aqua, which we received on 31 August 2013. We are
dealing with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

As required by the legislation, we aim to answer your request within 20
working days from the date we received it. If for any reason we are unable
to meet this deadline we will keep you fully informed of the reasons for
this.

 

We have contacted a third party in relation to your request, as some of
the information you have requested relates to them. We will take into
account any feedback given to us by the third party in considering our
response to your request. We are currently awaiting their feedback.

 

If you have any queries please contact me.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Miranda Fisher

Legal Adviser

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Tel:  020 8332 3115

 

 

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From: Miranda Fisher
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

27 September 2013


Attachment Response to TJ McIntyre FOI request re Kew Vi Aqua 270913.pdf
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Dear TJ McIntyre,

 

Please see the attached letter in response to your request for
information.

 

Kind regards,

 

Miranda

 

Miranda Fisher

Legal Adviser

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Tel:  020 8332 3115

 

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From: TJ McIntyre

27 September 2013

Dear Ms. Fisher,

Thank you for your prompt and informative reply.

Yours sincerely,

TJ McIntyre

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