Thursday, 14 June 2007



New coalition government adopts all-island GM-free policy
Farming groups agree to explore phasing out GM animal feed

DUBLIN, 14 June 2007 – Following last night’s Green Party historic agreement to form a coalition government with Fianna Fáil, the two parties revealed their agreed policy “to negotiate for the whole island of Ireland to become a GMO-free zone.”

The announcement was received with jubilation by farmers and food producers on both sides of the border who have spent the last nine years campaigning to achieve this goal.

Following the announcement last night, Green Party leader Trevor Sargent, TD, confirmed his pre-election pledge to resign his leadership position if his party entered into government with Fianna Fáil, adding that he would now work very hard within the new Government “to get Green Party policies implemented whatever way I can”.

“The establishment of Ireland as a GMO-free zone is a project that I will throw myself into in a very enthusiastic fashion, because we don’t have much time to rescue that status for this country, and it’s one that is so vital to us as a food-producing island which is operating in markets that are overwhelmingly looking for GM-free food, and if we lose that status, that’s it, we cannot go back.”

The Green Party is an all-island party, working on both sides of the border.
The Green Party will get two Cabinet Minister positions in the new Government.

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