Biotech Updates

Irish Farmers' Association President Acknowledge Benefits of GM Technology

April 15, 2011

GM-Free Ireland, an association of groups opposed to genetically modified crops has called for a five-year moratorium on GM trials in Ireland. However, scientists at The Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority (Teagasc) say that GM crops could provide significant benefits to the country.

Ten years ago, there was strong opposition to GM technology in Ireland manifested by the protests against GM sugarbeet trials. But recently, Ireland has imported animal feed from the United States which contains GM varieties approved by the European Union. Irish Farmers' Association President John Bryan said that "many tillage growers would benefit from GM technology once it is approved."

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