Assessing the impact of GM crops to Irish agriculture

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hosting a conference about the regulation and use of genetically modified organisms (GMO) in technology in Ireland today.  The two-day conference will be held in the Printworks, Dublin Castle.

Speakers will deal with a range of topics from the regulation of GMO technology in Ireland, Europe and internationally, to its use in industry sectors such as agriculture, animal health, food and feed processing among others.

Speaking before the conference, Dara Lynott, EPA deputy director general, said: “Modern Biotechnology is considered a key technology of the 21st century. The EU has adopted biotechnology as an integral part of the EU economy for job creation and sustainable development.  The purpose of this conference is to bring together those engaged in GM technology to develop a shared understanding of the challenges and opportunities in this area for Ireland and Europe.” 

Delegates will hear from Professor David McConnell, Trinity College Dublin; Dr Pat O Mahony, Food Safety Authority of Ireland; Dr Ewen Mullins, Teagasc; and Dr Tom McLoughlin, EPA among others. 

The aim of the conference is to discuss: the importance of GMO technology for many sectors in Ireland; the latest research on GMO technology; assessing and monitoring the impact of GM crops relevant to Irish agriculture; and the regulation of GMO technology in Ireland.

AgriLand will be reporting live from the event.

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