Genetically modified food is engineered in a labratory to produce desirable traits in food. In IOFGA we believe that food should be produced as naturally as possible and ideally organically! Therefore we stand firm in our belief that genetically modfied foods have no place in either human or animal food. So far the promised from the pro GM lobby about GM food have not been realised;
International GM cultivation have shown that:
- Yields have not increased as promised.
- Reliance on pesticides, herbicides, and fertilisers has increased – not decreased as promised.
- Weeds and pests have developed resistance to GM crops and pesticides resulting in ‘superweeds’ and ‘superbugs’ that need even larger amounts of herbicides and pesticides.
- There have been problems with cross contamination and cross fertilisation between GM and non-GM crops. These have led to sometimes lengthy law suits and are a potentially explosive problem if more GM crops are planted.
- This technology is expensive and costly for farmers and makes them more dependent on the agribusiness giants in order to sustain a livelihood.
- There are proven health risks associated with GM technology. Recent studies have also shown that animals fed on a GM diet do not break down the material in their intestine and there are traces of GM ingredients in animal products who consume a diet with GM ingredients in it.
- GM technology has not reduced levels of world hunger as promised. In fact, it has made poor farmers more indebted and less self sufficient and consequently more food insecure than ever before.
IOFGA are continuing to fight to keep Ireland free from GM crop cultivation and also campaigning for tighter laws on labelling GM foods.
2011 saw the establishment of two campaigns who are fighting to keep Ireland GM free. If you want to get involved please check out the websites below.