An application by Teagasc to the Environmental Protection Agency for a licence to conduct research on the potential impact of genetically modified (GM) “blight-resistant” potatoes has been endorsed by the Agricultural Science Association.
Representing graduates in agriculture, food, forestry, horticulture and environmental sciences,the association said its “unanimous view” was that there was a need for “impartial research . . . on the impact of GM crops on the environment”.
“This EU-funded study is not about testing the commercial viability of GM potatoes”, according to the association’s president, Dr Karina Pierce.
“The establishment of this trial does not mean that GM potatoes should be introduced in Ireland. That is a separate issue.”