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Commission must reflect lack of approval for GM

1 July, 2004

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Agriculture, Martin Ferris TD, has called on the European Commission to reflect the lack of support for the introduction of Genetically Modified food by refusing to authorise the import into the EU of a GM maize NK 630. Deputy Ferris was speaking following the failure of EU Environment Ministers to give their approval on Tuesday.

Deputy Ferris said: "The Commission must act in a manner that reflects the views of the majority of EU citizens. When a similar decision was taken at committee and ministerial level regarding Bt-11, the Commission basically over-rode that by giving its approval. As things stand, no member state has made an open and democratic decision to ratify GM, and yet the embargoes and moratoriums are set to continue to fall by default at Commission level.

"This represents a disgraceful failure to reflect popular feeling on the issue, no where more so than in Ireland where Fianna Fáil have reversed their previous opposition without any explanation or any open decision either within their own party or in the Oireachtas. Sinn Féin will continue to expose this caving in to the interests of the GM corporations, and to campaign to have the entire island declared GM free." ENDS

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