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Syngenta decision vindicates opposition to GM

25 May, 2004

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Agriculture, Martin Ferris TD has said that the decision by the Swiss manufacturer of genetically modified maize not to place its product on sale to consumers, vindicates all those who opposed last week's lifting of the EU embargo. In an interview with the French newspaper Les Echos, a spokesperson for the Syngenta corporation said that they will be with-holding the product, Bt-11, due to the level of consumer opposition

Deputy Ferris said:

"The decision by Syngenta to withhold Bt-11 places serious questions over the manner in which the EU Commission removed the embargo, and on the role played in that decision by Commissioner David Byrne and the Irish Government. Opponents of GM from right across the political and non-political spectrum pointed out that GM is extremely unpopular and yet the embargo was lifted without any democratic consultation. Seemingly, Syngenta can recognise the level of popular hostility while our EU representatives cannot.

"This again highlights the need for the embargo on GM products and crops to be reinforced and that each member state refer any future decision to its sovereign parliament. The Irish Government must now cease its support for GM which has absolutely no mandate from either the people or the Oireachtas." ENDS

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