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European Commission must accept that GM crops are unwanted in Ireland - Bairbre de Brún

25 July, 2005


Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has today challenged the European Commission to accept that genetically modified crops are 'unwanted in Ireland' and not the way forward for Irish agriculture'.

Ms de Brún made her calls after scientific evidence has shown that cross fertilisation between genetically modified oilseed rape and another plant had created a highly resistant 'superweed'. The discovery was made by British scientists and it was believed that cross fertilisation between GM and charlock had been discounted as virtually impossible.

Speaking today Ms de Brún said:

"The revelation by scientists that cross fertilisation between genetically modified oilseed rape and another plant had created a highly resistant 'superweed', will come as a shock to many people.

"Sinn Féin has long warned of the dangers of cross fertilization between GM and non GM crops. The best chance for Irish produce on the world stage is to build upon our clean green image. Anything that takes away from this could damage consumer confidence and have serious consequences for Irish agriculture. We have opposed the European Commission‚s attempts to allow GM products into Ireland against the wishes of the people. This latest evidence will reinforce this

"It is only a few weeks since the European Environment Council rejected all eight proposals from the EU Commission on genetically modified organisms. This should act as the catalyst for declaring Ireland a GM Free Zone." ENDS

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