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GM Free Ireland????

Interesting press release on Dept. of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food website yesterday: “The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Brendan Smith, confirmed that Ireland has altered its voting position and will support a number of proposals from the EU Commission aimed at authorising the placing on the market of food, food ingredients and food containing, consisting of, or produced from genetically modified maize ans cotton. Ireland will also support EU Commission proposals to introduce a tolerance for the low level presence of, as yet, unauthorised GM varieties in imports of animal feed.”

So much for GMO Free Ireland then!  Check out the full press release on www.agriculture.ie/press/pressreleases/2011/february/title,51105,en.html

Interesting timing of this when the whole country, and of course, the media is obsessed by the upcoming election. Powerful lobby groups are at work here and of course our weak Government submits  as usual. A final act of treachery!

3 comments to GM Free Ireland????

  • John Cronogue

    This is a bloody disgrace. We will have to lobby the next government. Like your blog

  • Conor

    Hi there,
    I have been a anti GM for a number of years, however recently i read a very good book on the topic “tomorrow’s table” it is written by an geneticist and organic farmer, it really changed my view of the whole topic. GM food can be a very good thing, it is the monopolistic practices of companies like Monstanto, and the insane judgement to enable companies to patent genes that have scared the public and over shadowed this whole argument.

  • Must look out for that book. It would , however, take a lot to convince me that GM foods are a positive step for mankind. Messing with nature is not for me. Fish genes in tomatoes to make them hold longer, potatoes that kill insects and herbicide resistant crops, not for me.

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