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Bairbre de Brún to attend major conference on the dangers of GM foods

10 January, 2006

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún will be in Brussels tomorrow to participate in a European wide conference on genetically modified foods and their potential threat to public health and the food chain.

The conference entitled 'GMOs and Transnational Food Corporations -A threat to food sovereignty, public health and biodiversity' will take place at the European Parliament in Brussels between 9.30am and 12.30pm on Wednesday 11th January.

Speaking today Ms de Brún said:

"Tomorrow's public hearing presents an opportunity for academics, researchers, writers and MEPs to discuss the potential threat of genetically modified foods. A representative from the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmer's Association, John Heney will also travel.

"The recent decision (August 2005) to allow the sale of genetically modified maize for animal feed on the Irish market was a first step down a road that consumers do not want to travel. This landmark decision is a major worry for those keen to protect the image of Ireland as having a 'clean green image'.

"I look forward to contributing to tomorrow's debate and expressing the firm view that GM foods are unwanted in Ireland." ENDS

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