GMO voting stance slammed by MEPs
Irish MEPs launched a scathing attack on Ireland's 'hear no evil, see no evil' approach to genetically modified organisms (GMO) at the European Parliament last week.
The Irish policy of abstaining from important votes on GMO approvals came in for sharp criticism from MEPs, who said they were in an impossible situation and without any guidance.
MEPs Mairead McGuinness, Marian Harkin, Liam Aylward, Nessa Childers, Alan Kelly and Sean Kelly made the remarks to a group of Macra na Feirme members on a study tour of the European Commission and Parliament, hosted by the European Commission.
Liam Aylward, Marian Harkin and Nessa Childers insisted that GM was a major issue that would have to be confronted and could not be put on the long finger indefinitely.
"We have no direction every time there is a vote, we have no guidelines," said Liam Aylward.
"We've all heard about boatloads of feed being refused at the ports -- the animal feed industry cannot survive unless something is done," he insisted.
Mairead McGuinness said that while growing GM crops in Ireland was not yet an issue, the technology would have to be debated.
"Without technology, we would still be in the dark," she said.