Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Sinn Fein MP attacks GM crops

Irish agriculture must build its future on its green and clean image, Sinn Fein stated today.

Irish agriculture must build its future on its green and clean image, Sinn Fein stated today.

Fermanagh and South Tyrone MP Michelle Gildernew, the party's farming spokesperson, said they welcomed a decision by EU member states not to support a proposal from the European Commission to import a controversial genetically modified (GM) maize.

The maize, made by US biotech giant Monsanto, failed to get the required qualified majority from representatives of the member states.

"This sends out a very clear signal about the response of EU member states to widespread concerns about genetically modified organisms," she said.

"Both the British and Irish governments need to recognise the strength of public opinion here in Ireland on this issue and take a much stronger stand on GMO.

"Sinn Féin has repeatedly argued the future of Irish agriculture requires we build on the internationally recognised clean green image of Irish produce.

"North and south, governments have run away from a public debate on GM crops."

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