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EU Commission intent on allowing GM foods to be grown in Ireland - Bairbre de Brún

9 November, 2004


Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has this morning said that the European Commission is intent on allowing GM foods to be grown in EU member states. Ms de Brún made her comments after it emerged that the European Commission said that Ireland would not be able to ban GM crops within its boundaries.

These latest revelations come just two weeks after the European Commission cleared the path for the import of genetically modified maize into the EU for public consumption. The import of the Genetically Modified (GM) maize NK603 was formally ratified by the European Commission even though there had been no formal agreement amongst EU member states.

Speaking today Ms de Brún said:

"The EU Commission is intent on allowing GM foods to be grown in EU member states. The European Commission has already ratified the import of GM foods into the EU for public consumption. The citizens of EU member states are being

subjected to a sustained campaign by the European Commission and Monsanto for a move towards the growing of crops in Ireland - north and south.

"The effects of GM foods on the general public are still unclear. Environmental groups like Friends of the Earth have argued that the decision to introduce the GM maize has not met with stringent long-term testing of the product and Irish consumers are genuinely concerned about the introduction of GM maize.

"Sinn Féin is strongly opposed to the introduction of Genetically Modified foods and we will continue to actively campaign for Ireland to be declared a GM free zone at local, national and EU level.

"The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Agriculture Martin Ferris TD has added his voice to that of Ms de Brún, pointing out that Sinn Féin is the only party campaigning on an All Ireland basis for GM free status.

"We intend to pursue this through legislation in the Dáil and our Councillors throughout Ireland will be placing motions in support of this to their respective local authorities" ENDS

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