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Disappointment that Ireland did not opt out of GMO food production – Ferris

6 October, 2015 - by Martin Ferris TD

Speaking in the Dáil today, Sinn Féin Agriculture spokesperson Martin Ferris TD expressed disappointment that this state was not one of the EU members which alerted the European Union last week that it wanted out opt out of GM crops.

Deputy Ferris said:

“The Friday last deadline came and went but Minister Coveney did not do what 16 of his EU partners did, to decide to stop growing GMO produce from companies like Monsanto, Syngenta and Pioneer.

“Scotland has opted out, and so has Germany, Italy and Denmark, but Ireland has not.  Full opt-out requests were made also by Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, and Slovenia.

 “It seems that the massive potential for our Agri-food industry on the basis that our production is clean and green, is potentially being threatened by the bad reputation of GMO foods and feed and it might have been advisable to call for a pause to reconsider our policy and opt out.

“Sinn Féin MEP, Matt Carthy emailed Simon Coveney last Friday to ask him to opt out, but got no response.” 

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