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GMO opt out deadline looms- Government must make intentions clear- Lynn Boylan MEP

1 October, 2015 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has called on the government to let the public know if it is planning to apply to the Commission to opt out of growing GM crops.

Boylan, a member of the European Parliament's Environment committee said:

“The 3rd of October is the deadline for the Irish government to apply to opt out of growing GM crops.

“Scotland and the North have both recently applied to opt out, so I ask, what is the Irish government waiting for?

“The list of countries opting out of growing these crops is growing and includes; Greece, Latvia, Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Poland, Slovenia and Lithuania. Hungary, with Luxembourg and Wales are expected to formally apply before the deadline too.

“The majority of Irish citizens do not want GM crops grown in this country and the long-term impacts are still unknown.

“Ireland’s food sector contributes hugely to our economy and its excellent reputation for high-quality food produce which must be protected.

“It’s time for the government to announce its intentions, time for prevarication is over.”

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