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Environment Council vote "green light" for a GM free Ireland

27 June, 2005


Sinn Féin Agriculture Spokesperson, Fermanagh South Tyrone MP Michelle Gildernew has welcomed the vote by The Environment Council today against all 8 proposals from the EU Commission on genetically modified organisms. She said this is a green light for the campaign to ensure that Ireland is declared a GM free zone.

Ms Gildernew said:

"Sinn Féin have consistently argued that farmers and consumers have much to lose from the introduction of GM crops and organisms into our environment. It is a position that is consistently supported by scientific evidence. By the same token there is much to gain in declaring Ireland a GM free zone, particularly in developing and building upon the internationally recognisable clean green image of Irish produce.

"Sinn Féin have also consistently argued that GM free status should be taken forward on an all-Ireland basis because the introduction of any GM organism within any part of the island would fundamentally impact on the existing environment and biodiversity of the natural habitat.

"The vote of The Environment Council today to reject all 8 of the proposals from the EU Commission on genetically modified organisms and in essence to support the right of member states to ban GM organisms and crops is a green light for the campaign to ensure that Ireland is declared a GM free zone." ENDS

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