Ireland Says Not In This Country: Bans Genetically Modified Crops
- By Andrea Donsky and Randy Boyer
Tree Hugger, October 16, 2009
Straight to the Source
Prince Charles has called it the “biggest environmental disaster of all time,” while Monsanto and others maintain it’s safe for humans and the environment. Genetically modified foods are a contentious issue, but Ireland is erring on the side of caution, placing a ban on growing any genetically modified crops.
Ireland will ban growing of GM crops, and a voluntary GM-free label can be placed on all animal products–such as meat, poultry, eggs, fish, crustaceans, and dairy–that are raised with GM-free feed, according to a GM-Free Ireland press release. Ireland joins Japan and Egypt as one of the few but growing number of countries that have banned the cultivation of GM crops.
Smart Move for Irish Farmers The agreement, signed by the government’s two coalition partners, declares Ireland a “GM-free Zone.”
The move will help Irish farmers who can’t compete with subsidized agriculture powerhouses, says GM-Free Ireland Coordinator, Michael O’Callaghan:
The WTO’s economic globalization agenda has forced most Irish farmers to enter an un-winnable race to the bottom for low quality GM-fed meat and dairy produce, in competition with countries like the USA, Argentina and Brazil which can easily out-compete us with their highly subsidized GM crop monocultures, cheap fossil fuel, extensive use of toxic agrochemicals that are not up to EU standards, and underpaid migrant farm labor.
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