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Boylan welcomes Ireland’s ‘GMO free Status’

11 July, 2018 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Sinn Féin Dublin MEP Lynn Boylan has welcomed Minister Denis Naughten's overdue comments yesterday on restricting the cultivation of genetically modified crops (GMOs) in Ireland.

Speaking from Brussels, the Sinn Féin Dublin MEP commented:

“The government has finally approved the reversal of an important EU Directive which allows Member States to opt out of cultivation of GMOs which I have been advocating for since I entered the European Parliament in 2014. I would encourage other EU countries who have not yet placed a ban on GMOs to follow suit.

“If we are to make any efforts to protect the biodiversity on this island and create environmentally sustainable food chains, Ireland must have a GMO cultivation-free status. However, it is not enough to ban the cultivation of GMOs. We need a robust plan on how we will phase out the use of genetically modified (GM) feed and put an end to GM imports, most of which are devastating vast areas of land in South America.

“Most GMOs are sprayed with pesticides, damaging biodiversity. They create farmer product dependency and lead to a vicious circle that only benefits the massive agro-chemical industry. GMOs are an attack on our food systems and the biodiversity that really feeds the world.

“Sinn Féin is firmly opposed to the use of GMOs and wants to see solid plans that will confirm the comments made by Minister Naughten yesterday. The government's policy plan Food Harvest 2020 advocated continued research on GM crops with the aim of ensuring competitiveness of Irish production. It is good to see movement away from this position, so Ireland can become a heaven for biodiversity and not a driver of its destruction.”

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