A hot potato
It is very disappointing to note the application by Teagasc to grow genetically engineered potatoes in Carlow. It is difficult to understand why Teagasc, the Irish agricultural and food development authority, would chose to pursue the development of genetic engineering in Irish agriculture.
Genetically engineered food has engendered widespread opposition from consumers and is in direct opposition to Bord Bia's current campaign to highlight Ireland's green image.
On the contrary, we must capitalise on our position as a relatively unpolluted island, and work to ensure that consumers have access to the foods that they can trust and wish to buy.
Kilcullen, Co Kildare