Stop GM Potato Trials in Ireland

no2gm urges individuals and organisations to send in submissions, i.e ‘objections’ to the EPA to stop this catastrophic move. Individuals could form into sub-groups to send off submissions. Here are a number of points to help feed into your individual submissions:

POINTS TO CONSIDER WHEN WRITING YOUR SUBMISSION TO THE EPA RE: Teagasc GM Potato Trial Application

  • Potato blight mutates constantly so it is likely that the fungus P. infestans will also mutate in this GM variety. The likely outcome is increased use of herbicides to control this.
  • Research has shown that in the commercial production of GM crops over time a greater amount of chemicals, be that herbicides, fungicides or insecticides are used on the plant. Once the initial benefits are realised they are quickly out balanced as other problems develop in that plant. This ends up being a major problem for the farmer and consequently the consumer.
  • The potato variety Desiree which has been chosen for this trial produces large quantities of berries, Teagasc state that these berries are not eaten by rodents due to their “high glycol-aklaloid” levels. However this is not the case and rodents often eat these berries which does have an impact on this trial. Evidence also shows that these berries can survive for up to 10 years in the soil.
  • For this trial to be a cisgenic trial (within species boundaries) the plants must be shown to hybridise with each other and present a true offspring. Are Solanum venturii and Solanum tuberosum v. Desiree sexually compatabile and if not is this a cisgenic trial or a transgenic one?
  • Is Solanum venturii edible? If not will its toxicity have an effect on the potato produced in this proposed GM trial?
  • Can Teagasc guarantee that once the blight resistance gene is inserted that it will not interact with any other organisms in the plant? We know that in nature (not always in a laboratory) plant cells/genes interact with each other in many different ways therefore it is likely that the inserted gene will interact with P. infestans but also with other plant genes, these interactions may not be beneficial.
  • Teagasc state the main aim of this proposed trial is to monitor soil health and micro biology however due to the fact that the proposed trial will rotate each year a true representation of the effects on soil life will be difficult to ascertain.
  • As this proposed trial and its sister trials are a premarket risk assessment, who will be responsible for placing this GM product on the market if results from the trial are favourable?
  • How will the non GM potato crops to be grown “in parallel on the site” be treated? There is no indication of this in the project application.
  • What economic value has Teagasc placed on the biodiversity that may be negatively impacted upon as a result of this GM potato trial?

 When writing your submission, ensure to quote reference of application. Use below:

SUBMISSION TO THE EPA

From: _____________________

 RE:

 NOTIFICATION (G0469-01, REFERENCE NO B/IE/12/01) ON 27/2/2012 FROM TEAGASC, OAKPARK, CARLOW

 FOR THE PROPOSED DELIBERATE RELEASE OF GM POTATOES INTO THE ENVIRONMENT FOR PURPOSES OTHER THAN PLACING ON THE MARKET IE; TO PERFORM A FIELD TRIAL.

Objections need to be sent to the EPA before 5pm on Tuesday March 27th. They have to be sent in writing via post, no electronic mails acceptable. Each objection has to be accompanied by €10 and posted to:

The EPA, P.O. Box 3000, Johnstown Castle Estate, Co Wexford.

Make sure to post your submission off by Friday 23rd March to ensure it arrives on time.

Further Information

Check out the notification (application) received by the EPA from Teagasc, Oak Park, Carlow on 27 February 2012 seeking a consent and to carry out a field study with GM blight resistant potatoes HERE.

SIGN OUR PETITION:

no2gm have mounted a campaign to stop this move by Teagasc – but we cannot do this alone – we need your help. Please let the EPA and your local TD know that you oppose this development and sign our online petition HERE

See Recent Posts section of this website for a template of letter that you can send to your local representatives calling on them to speak up and take action and say NO to GM in our country.

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