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TTIP Chief Negotiator’s Comments on GMOs reveal why we should be wary of trade deal –Carthy

27 April, 2015 - by Matt Carthy MEP

Commenting today on remarks made by the US Trade Representative Michael Froman in relation to Europe’s decision to allow member states opt out on imports of GMO food and feed, Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West Matt Carthy has stated that the remarks made by Froman demonstrate that this deal prioritises the advancement of trade at the expense of health and safety concerns of citizens of member states.

Carthy said:

“The US Trade Representative Michael Froman is the US chief Negotiator in the ongoing Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks between the EU and the US and this week he expressed his “disappointment” at the European Commission’s proposals to allow member states opt out of the importation of GMO food and feed.

“The Commission’s proposals, weak and all as they are, are the result of significant public resistance right across European Countries to the cultivation of GM crops due to health, safety and environmental concerns.

“The casual dismissal of those concerns by Mr Froman, as they interfere with the rights of US corporations to make even greater profits, is disturbing.

“What is even more disturbing is that he feels entitled to make public comments, designed to create political pressure, on the legislative process of the EU and the right of member states within it to take action to protect their citizens.

“Is this the type of interference we can come to expect under TTIP if it passes? It is time for both the European Commission and the Irish Government to make it clear that the people of Europe and Ireland will not accept any trade deal which interferes with our right to legislate in the best interests of our peoples.”

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