Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 13 July 2014

Call to make Ulster a GM-free zone

CALLS were today made to make Ulster GM-free ahead of new EU-wide proposals to introduce modified seeds for commercial use.

CALLS were today made to make Ulster GM-free ahead of new EU-wide proposals to introduce modified seeds for commercial use.

The Socialist Environmental Alliance has condemned the European Commission for its proposals to introduce the first of the seeds.

New proposals will allow maize and rapeseed to contain up to 0.3 percent of genetically modified organisms without being labelled.

Commissioners have also added varieties of a GM maize made by Monsanto, the US biotechnology company, into the EU's overall seed directory that includes all national seed catalogues.

The SEA branded the widespread growing of GM crops, before countries have had the chance to put measures in place to protect consumers and the environment, as a "reckless move".

Spokesman Davy McAuley said: "Northern Ireland must remain a GM-free zone."

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