Sinn Féin MEPs reject GMO Report in Strasbourg
Speaking today at the plenary session in Strasbourg, Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West Matt Carthy outlined the party’s opposition to the GMO report as presented to MEPs for voting.
The report’s initial purpose was to create a mechanism to allow countries opt out of cultivating GM crops however the original proposals have been diluted to the extent that legal loopholes now exist which biotech companies can take advantage of to the detriment of member states.
In his address to the European Parliament Carthy said:
“This report provided a great opportunity to protect European standards and the GMO free status of countries like Ireland. This report could have acted in the best interests of citizens. Instead it has moved towards the interests of biotech companies.
“Other groups and parties in this Parliament may be willing to succumb to pressures from the council to rush through legislation. But, we in Sinn Féin cannot stand over this legislation or any that slyly offers dangerous loopholes to private companies.
“I would like to commend my party colleague, Lynn Boylan who as a shadow rapporteur on this report has outlined clearly the position of the vast majority of Irish and European citizens.
“We will continue to press for absolute clarity that member states will be in a position to ban GMO's in the interests of our communities and our local food and agriculture industries.”ENDS