Saturday 3 December 2016

Ireland is not the place to harvest GM crops

Published 16/04/2011 | 09:58

TO MY disgust, I have just heard that, a mere two weeks before leaving office, Agriculture Minister Brendan Smith voted to weaken the EU’s GM safety rules and claimed that Ireland would now vote in favour of new GM approvals at EU level, without a mandate from the Irish people.

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Survey after survey shows that more and more people all over Europe do not want to eat or buy GM crops. Ireland could be the breadbasket of Europe if we keep such crops out. They have no proven advantages and research is starting to show up more and more long-term ill effects, both on animals, humans and the environment. We must make our voices heard against GM crops and do everything to help Ireland become a great agricultural country again.

RICHARD D BARTON

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