Teagasc slams GM potato claim

Teagasc has rejected claims from organic farming organisation IOFGA that it's wasting taxpayers' money on a proposed trial of genetically modified blight-resistant potatoes.

IOFGA development officer Grace Maher claimed it was "economic suicide" to consider growing GM crops in Ireland and that it would threaten Ireland's €9.1bn worth of exports.

However, Teagasc scientist John Spink said the proposed four-year research project would be funded by the EU, not Ireland.

He added that the trials would be on a 20sqm plot of potatoes with blight-resistant genes from other potatoes and no other crops.

Caitriona Murphy

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