Perspectives

  • Teagasc Frequently Asked Questions

    As the potato cv. Desiree will be given the DNA of a wild potato variety – why can this not be done by conventional breeding methods? It can but there are two problems. First of all it takes considerably longer. It took potato breeders 49 years to develop current varieties containing genes from wild potato species. Fortunately, significant advances have been made in potato breeding to the point where this could theoretically be reduced to 17 ...

    Posted at October 19, 2012 | By : | Categories : Uncategorized | 0 Comment
  • Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association

    IOFGA (Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association) is Ireland’s leading organic certification body dedicated to certifying organic produce and products throughout Ireland. The decision by the Environmental Protection Agency on July 26th to grant approval for a trial of genetically modified potatoes was followed by extensive media coverage and IOFGA members gave a series of interviews on the subject to television and radio programmes. The following is a press statement issued by the Irish Organic Farmers and ...

    Posted at October 19, 2012 | By : | Categories : Uncategorized | 0 Comment
  • Afri, Genetic Modification: Busting the Myths

    With Teagasc's application to grow genetically modified potatoes in Ireland and the EPA's granting them a licence to do so, there has been an accompanying outbreak of modified myths being trialled on the Irish population. This leaflet seeks to address some of the most dominant and pervasive of these myths in order to support resilience and resistance to this deliberate and potentially lethal contamination of information being supplied to the Irish population. Myth 1: Genetically Modified ...

    Posted at October 19, 2012 | By : | Categories : Uncategorized | 0 Comment
  • Teagasc: Independent GM Research Required To Inform Honest Debate

    Independent GM Research Required To Inform Honest Debate On July 27th the EPA gave consent to Teagasc to start its field-based research study of a GM potato variety, which in separate European studies has displayed durable resistance to potato late blight disease. The goal of the study is to research the impact of the GM potato on the blight disease itself and on soil organisms, which are essential to maintaining soil health. The GM potato variety we ...

    Posted at October 10, 2012 | By : | Categories : Uncategorized | 0 Comment
  • Objections to GM potatoes

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) received 83 valid representations in response to a newspaper notice detailing the proposed GM potato field trial under Part II of the GMO (Deliberate Release) Regulations, S.I. No. 500 of 2003. The full text of these representations is available from the EPA's website. Stella Coffey, campaigner against GM, objected to the granting of a licence for field trials of the GM potato variety Desiree. What follows is the final ...

    Posted at October 18, 2012 | By : | Categories : Uncategorized | 0 Comment