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Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Crop science advice from celebrity chefs is like taking tax advice from those who do the art on your tenner euro

A green light for GM, July 31, 2012, Irish Times

Sir, - Darina Allen's letter on GM crops (July 28th) is either blatant disinformation or stunning ignorance. Contrary to her claims, the blight-resistant GM potato trials are not a result of multi-nationals "getting their way" as it is Teagasc, an independent State research body, which is to carry out the trials.

Further, Ms Allen's assertion that there will be "likely effects on insect life, eg bees" is pure scaremongering as the GM potatoes to be tested protect against blight (which is a fungus) and they have no new ability to impact insect life.

Lastly, her suggestion that Ireland's green food image is damaged by the trials is actually the opposite as the GM potatoes in question could help cut the 250,000lbs of toxic fungicide used annually against potato blight in Ireland which could certainly enhance the image of Irish agriculture as truly green and sustainable.

Ms Allen has shown yet again that taking crop science advice from celebrity chefs is like taking tax advice from those who do the art on your tenner euro. - Yours, etc,

Dr Shane Morris, PhD, Coolkill, Sandyford, Dublin 18.