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Sinn Féin slam decision on GM seeds

8 September, 2004

Sinn Fein Dublin MEP Mary Lou McDonald has slammed this morning's decision by the EU Commission to authorize the sale of genetically modified seeds produced by Monsanto. The decision follows a series of earlier ones to allow the sale of GM food products and comes as the Commission also considers a proposal to higher the threshold level at which GM content has to be labelled.

Speaking from Brussels Ms. McDonald said:

"Today's decision confirms what Sinn Féin and others have been saying over the past year since moves began to lift the embargo on GM within the EU. When authorization was given earlier this year for the sale of new food products containing GM, we said that this would inevitably be followed by proposals to open up the EU to GM seed and crops. And so it has come to pass.

"It is absolutely shameful that the Irish Government has gone along with this, and indeed that Commissioner David Byrne, who is one of the foremost advocates of GM, is using his final days in office to push through these new measures against the stated wishes of EU consumers and above all against the best interests of Irish agriculture which is based on the production of safe high quality conventional food products renowned throughout the world. If GM seed is introduced to this country, there will be no realistic method of preventing conventional and organic crops being contaminated and that may have disastrous consequences for our food industry. Within Europe Sinn Féin will continue to strenuously oppose the introduction of GM, and in Ireland we will be pressing ahead through our elected representatives throughout Ireland to have the entire island made GM free." ENDS

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