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de Brún looks to new EU farm chief in GM debate

10 September, 2004

Sinn Fein MEP Bairbre de Brún has said that she hopes that the proposed appointment of the new Danish Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel may lead to reprieve for non-GM seeds, currently under attack from the present Commission.

Ms de Brún said:

"The Danish nominee for Commissioner, who is due to take up office in November, comes herself from a farming background and understands the difficulties connected with separating GMO, traditional and organic crops. The European Parliament will want to quiz her on this subject when she appears at the end of this month in advance of the Parliament ratification of the nominations."

This week the Commission was expected to set a threshold for allowing GM content in seeds without it having to be labelled that could have led to non GM farmers sowing GM crops unintentionally. There was widespread anger that such a decision could be rushed through before the European Parliament had a chance to question and ratify new Commissioners at the end of this month, and before the new Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel took office in November.

"Now the Commission decision to alter the seed threshold on labelling of GM content in seed has been put off, there is hope that this issue will be left to the incoming Commissioner, and not rushed through in advance of her taking office in November." ENDS

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