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From: Caroline Robinson <carolinerobinson@eircom.net>
Date: Aug 25, 2008 9:34 AM
Subject: [westcorkgossip] Anti-GM protest Teagasc Tues 26th 3pm
To: westcorkgossip@yahoogroups.com

 

 

Hi all, Please try to come for a short peaceful demonstration outside the Teagasc Offices on Model Farm Rd on Tuesday 26th at 3pm.
We want to show our displeasure that Teagasc is one of the main sponsors of the pro-Gm Conference in UCC. Apparently they donated 50,000 euro.
The Agricultural Biotechnology International Conference (ABIC 2008) at University College Cork this Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday will promote the release of patented GM algae, crops, trees, fish, and livestock as a solution to rising food and fuel prices and climate change.The conference is being organised by a Canadian foundation with funding from the Canadian Government, industry lobby groups, and corporate agri-biotech giants including Monsanto, Dow AgroSciences, and BP Bio Fuels.  About 400 delegates taking part.

We are protesting the fact that the conference is being co-sponsored by seven Irish government or semi-state agencies including Teagasc (the prime sponsor which is also chairing the event), Science Foundation Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, the Marine Institute (Foras na Mara), the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, and Sustainable Energy Ireland.

This abuse of public funding to promote GM food and farming violates the Government’s agreement to negotiate to declare the whole island of Ireland off-limits to GM crops. We hope our protest will result in a renewed Government commitment to do this and take action to enable farmers to source non-GMO animal feed which is available to their competitors in other parts of the EU.
 

Please pass on to anyone you think may be interested. Hope to see you there! Caroline

 

 

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