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Ferris calls on Government to oppose GM animal food

30 November, 2004

The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Agriculture, Martin Ferris TD, has called on the Irish Government to vote against a proposal to allow a Genetically Modified animal food product to be sold within the EU. The Council of Ministers is due to vote on this on December 20. The product in question is a genetically modified oilseed rape feed (GT73) manufactured by Monsanto.

Deputy Ferris said: "I am again calling on the Irish Government to reverse its stance on GM. In a series of crucial votes over the past year, Irish Ministers

and officials have voted to allow the sale of GM products. That is despite the fact that opinion polls have shown massive opposition to GM and despite the fact that there has been no debate and no vote on this issue within the Oireachtas. The issue of GM animal food is particularly important as if it is admitted to this country it will mean the effective end of any attempt to maintain uncontaminated animals or conventional crops.

"Apart from that there is absolutely no economic argument in favour of GM animal feed in this country as the vast majority of livestock are fed on grass and the country is well capable of supplying additional feed from domestic conventional crops. This is the latest in a series of choreographed moves designed to open up the EU to the US GM corporations and it must be strongly opposed by everyone concerned with Irish agriculture including the Minister." ENDS

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