The report focuses on how Ireland should maximise benefits and minimise risks of using GMOs. It calls for development of "protocols governing the management of GM crops in field trials" as well as plans for an eventual programme of commercial growing, to be regulated by an "independent and fully-resourced regulatory system". The government should also ensure that independent research into GM plant varieties be conducted in Ireland, it says.
The inter-ministerial group calls for the biotechnology industry to be as open as possible, for the government to support efforts at EU level to ensure labelling and traceability of foods containing GMOs and for the establishment of a national biotechnology ethics committee.
The document was prepared after a public consultation on GMOs and a resulting report by the environment ministry (ENDS Daily 24 August 1998).
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