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Ferris welcomes decision not to proceed with GM Potato Crop

24 May, 2006


The Sinn Féin spokesperson on Agriculture, Martin Ferris TD has welcomed the decision by German company BASF not to proceed with the planting of a trial crop of genetically modified potatoes at Summerhill, County Meath. The company is claiming that the conditions imposed on them by the Environmental Protection Agency are too restrictive.

Deputy Ferris said: "I and many other people will welcome this decision. As we have pointed out there was and is no demand for genetically modified crops in this country, and that if any are planted they will pose an almost certain risk of cross-contamination. I trust that the EPA will not allow itself to be forced to lower the conditions for the trial, as appears to be the intention of BASF.

"I will also be questioning the Minister for Agriculture regarding her reaction to the decision and will be closely monitoring the official response. If the Government is listening to those with knowledge and interest in the area, they will no longer promote or facilitate the introduction of GM, for which there is absolutely no necessity and no demand from Irish consumers or farmers."

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