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Citizen action on GMOs urged by Lynn Boylan MEP

3 November, 2014 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Ahead of an upcoming vote on the cultivation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in the European Parliament’s environment committee, Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has urged constituents to continue to lobby the government on the issue to ensure that biotech companies producing GMOs are not given legal privileges over democratically-elected governments.

 Speaking today Lynn Boylan said:

 “I am pleased with some of the progress we have made to date within the parliament but the difficult work will begin when parliament begins negotiations with the Council, which represents the European governments, and the Commission.”

 “I have expressed serious concerns on the current GMO text and I have amended the text in this regard but it is also essential that citizens put pressure on the government and make known their individual concerns. It is simply unacceptable that the text from the Council proposes that Member States will have to ask the biotech companies not to include their territories in the companies’ GMOs authorisation request.

 “We want to ensure that we have a legally sound text which protects the Member States’ right to ban the cultivation of GMOs on its territory. I hope citizens will take this opportunity to demand such a text from our government.”

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