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Colreavy criticises decision on GM food

26 July, 2012 - by Michael Colreavy TD

“This decision of the EPA could well mean that Ireland loses its name as a GM free country. GM food does not make environmental or economic sense for Ireland. Agriculture is extremely important for the Irish economy. Our agriculture trades off its clean, green image and any move to disrupt this image could have serious consequences for the agricultural industry.

“The European Commission Special Eurobarometer indicated that 66% of consumers in the EU consider genetically modified organisms as a worry. GM free food labelling has massive popular demand in Europe and is also the fastest growing food label in the US.

“There are also environmental concerns regarding GM food. Evidence from the food industry and farming experiences worldwide shows that the cultivation and trade of GM crops have far reaching impacts which are not covered by the EU's legal framework for genetically modified organisms.

“Contamination incidents make up a major part of the costs of GM crops. As of January 2011, there were more than 300 reported cases of contamination incidents worldwide. This move by the EPA could be a cause of much worry for farmers.”


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