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Ferris: British Crop Trials Prove GM is Harmful

22 March, 2005

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Agriculture, Martin Ferris TD, has called on the Irish Government to end its policy of support for Genetically Modified crops in the light of new evidence from Britain which proves that GM crops cause harm to other life forms. Results of a trial on a herbicide resistant oilseed rape, released yesterday, have shown that the herbicide used has harmful effects on other plants, birds and insects.

Deputy Ferris said: "The British research proving that GM crops do cause environmental harm has dealt possibly a fatal blow to the campaign to allow the commercial growing of GM crops in Britain. The Irish Government must now come out in the open and declare that it will not grant any licences for GM crops in this country.

"Over the past number of years Irish officials have consistently supported measures designed to introduce GM food products despite the fact that neither the Irish people nor any of its elected representatives have had an opportunity to fully debate the issues involved. It is time for the Irish Government to reverse its policy of support for the GM corporations and put the interests of Irish farmers and consumers first by coming out unequivocally against GM."ENDS

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