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Irish Government must get the message that GM foods are not wanted in Ireland - Bairbre de Brún

11 January, 2006

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún is in Brussels today 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' is currently taking place at the European Parliament in Brussels.

Speaking today from Brussels, Ms de Brún said:

"Today's public hearing regarding genetically modified food has been extremely informative and necessary in a climate where GM is being promoted by the European Commission and by some individual governments.

"The conference discussed practical ways to press for a GM free European Union. A wealth of opinion was heard today, including views from professors of molecular biology, medicine, and animal physiology.

There were also contributions from writers, farming organisations and other MEPs.

"The majority of Irish consumers are opposed to the introduction of GMOs to Ireland. Farmers are also genuinely concerned about the introduction of GM seed, food and animal foodstuffs into the country, thus shattering Ireland's international image as a clean green society. Environmental groups have consistently warned that GM foods have not been adequately tested to ascertain their long-term effects on human health.

"The European Commission's approach to this issue has left much to be desired. They have shown a total disregard for the views of the citizens of EU member states, who overwhelmingly oppose the introduction of GM foods.

"It is my intention to continue to actively campaign for Ireland to be declared a GM free zone at local, national and EU level as outlined in our comprehensive policy document 'For a GM Free Ireland" ENDS

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