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Ireland must have the power to ban GMO cultivation- Lynn Boylan MEP

11 November, 2014 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Following a vote this morning on the cultivation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in EU Parliament's Environment committee, Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has highlighted the importance of protecting an Ireland’s right to ban the cultivation of GMOs on its territory.

 Speaking today the Dublin MEP said:

“I had grave concerns with the Council position as was agreed upon by the Environment Council back in June and as the shadow on the recent GMO report I proposed a number of amendments that aim to strengthen Members States’ right to stop GMOs being cultivated on their territory.

It is simply unacceptable that EU governments in Council propose a system that would require member states to ask permission from biotech companies not to include their territories in the companies’ GMO authorisation requests. A democratically-elected government should not have to consult with private biotech companies about decisions made to impose a national ban on a GM crop.

I am not alone in my concerns over the inadequacies of the legislation in its current form. Signatures from more than 165,000 concerned European citizens were presented to Gilles Pargneaux MEP, the vice-chair of the European Parliament's Environment Committee, calling on him to close this loophole in the EU proposal to ban GMOs. 

Ireland has not yet produced GMO crops on a commercial basis and our country’s sovereign right to ban GMO cultivation should be respected and protected. I hope this government will support these changes when given the opportunity and they won't stand over allowing biotech companies being on an equal footing with democratically elected governments."

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