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Local Level Way To Defeat GMO Crop & Food Contamination: 1,000 GMO-Free Zones For Ireland

category national | anti-capitalism | news report author Wednesday April 20, 2005 18:19author by Barry Finnegan - personal capacity Report this post to the editors

Process has now started in Ireland with 1,000 GMO-Free Zones being declared by the GM-free Ireland.

While national governments within the EU, and the EU Commission itself, have the legal right to say ‘yes’ to the planting of Genetically Modified Organisms (i.e. GMO crops), it remains the case that ‘regions’ - in Ireland’s case this would be both counties and provinces - have the right to hold referendums and ban GMOs. This process has now started in Ireland with 1,000 GMO-Free Zones being declared by the GM-free Ireland Network. It is a massive first step.
Expect To See More Of These Signs On The Highways and Byways Of This Island
Expect To See More Of These Signs On The Highways and Byways Of This Island

This news is being highlighted and launched at a press conference in Dublin this coming Friday morning. (The press release is below.) According to the GM-Free Ireland website:

“1,000 conventional and organic farmers North and South of the Border will declare their lands GMO-free on 22 April, as part of the world-wide Earth Day 2005 celebration. Farmers, farmers markets, restaurants, retailers and schools will erect GMO-free signs across the country. The location of the GMO-free sites will be revealed at the following events in Dublin on 22 April: • Buswell's Hotel: media briefing 11am. • Convergence Festival presentation 2pm.”

And as you can see from this weblink: [ http://www.gmfreeireland.org/sign/index4.php ] you can even order a purpose built pretty hefty galvanised steel pole and attachment device for your GMO-Free Sign for outdoor use as well as stickers, flyers etc.

In the USA, among other campaigns is the Bio Democracy Alliance which assists in the creation of ‘GE-Free Zones Across the Americas’ (they call it GE, we call it GMO, same thing). To read more about the counties in the US which have already done this and to see how the campaings are going check out: BioDemocracy Alliance - Creating GE-Free Zones Across the Americas at http://www.organicconsumers.org/ge-free.htm

Here is a copy of the GM-free Ireland Network press release announcing the launch of 1,000 GMO-Fee Zones throughout Ireland.:
Press Briefing Invitation
20th April 2005
This weekend one thousand GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) Free zones will be declared by farmers, food producers, hotels, restaurants, markets, pubs, retailers, schools and homes throughout the island of Ireland. These sites are demanding legal protection from contamination by genetically modified (GM) seeds, crops, trees, livestock and fish.

To launch this initiative the GM-Free Ireland Network are hosting a briefing for media and politicians to highlight the economic, health and environmental benefits of keeping Ireland GMO-free. The briefing, which takes place at 11am on Friday, 22nd April 2005 (Earth Day) in Buswells Hotel, Molesworth Street in Dublin, will also include the display of each site location on a digital map.

You and /or a representative and a photographer are cordially invited to attend this briefing.

Speaking at the event will be, Kathy Sinnott, MEP, Munster; John Heney, Rural Development Chairman Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers Association; Michael O’Callaghan, Co-ordinator, GM-free Ireland Network; Brian Meaney, Councillor, Clare County Council; Sean McArdle, Founder of Irish Famers’ Markets

EVENT: Briefing for media & politicians to launch the 1,000 GMO free zones in Ireland
LOCATION: The Georgian Room, Buswells Hotel, 25 Molesworth St, Dublin 2
DATE: Friday, 22nd April 2005 – Earth Day
TIME: 11am


For more information please contact:
Deirdre O’Connell
Ross Communications
Ph. 01 633 4033 / M. 086 829 1082

GMO Free Ireland ... thinking big!!
GMO Free Ireland ... thinking big!!

author by Raymond McInerneypublication date Thu May 26, 2005 18:03author address http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=789912author phone Report this post to the editors

May 25, 2005 — BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A United States consignment of genetically modified corn gluten feed tainted with an illegal strain has been impounded upon arrival at an Irish port, the European Commission said on Wednesday.

The feed was contaminated with the banned Bt-10, a genetically modified (GMO) maize made by Swiss agrochemicals group Syngenta .

The shipment was tested in the United States and the positive results for Bt-10 were sent to Ireland to allow Dublin to stop the cargo on arrival, the EU executive said.

author by GM crops created superweed, say scientists - Maharishi Vedic Organic Institutepublication date Wed Aug 03, 2005 23:32author email raymond.mcinerney at ul dot ieauthor address author phone 086 0638611Report this post to the editors

Modified rape crosses with wild plant to create tough pesticide-resistant strain

Paul Brown, environment correspondent
Monday July 25, 2005
The Guardian

Modified genes from crops in a GM crop trial have transferred into local wild plants, creating a form of herbicide-resistant "superweed", the Guardian can reveal.

The cross-fertilisation between GM oilseed rape, a brassica, and a distantly related plant, charlock, had been discounted as virtually impossible by scientists with the environment department. It was found during a follow up to the government's three-year trials of GM crops which ended two years ago.

The new form of charlock was growing among many others in a field which had been used to grow GM rape. When scientists treated it with lethal herbicide it showed no ill-effects.

Related Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/gmdebate/Story/0,2763,1535428,00.html