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Ireland Allows Iconic Potato to be Genetically Modified

Anthony Gucciardi
July 30th, 2012
Updated 11/02/2012 at 3:49 pm
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In a monumental move that signifies the truly terminal state of the international food supply, Ireland’s government officials have given the green light to begin genetically modifying the iconic potato. Met with severe resistance from both citizens, watchdog organizations, and political figures, the decision allows for the genetically modified potatoes to be planted within Ireland by the Irish food development authority Teagasc.

Starting off with a trial within the nation’s borders, Ireland’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has authorized Teagasc to plant the GMO crops throughout a two hectare land plot. While supports continue to assert that the relatively small size makes the process ‘safe,’ experts from within the Emerald Isle say otherwise. In response to the idea that starting the trial with a ‘small’ land plot is safe, The Organic Trust in Dublin explains that once you unleash genetically modified seeds into the environment, the consequences that may follow do not depend on how many acres of land is modified — only the fact that genetically modified seeds have been planted.

Spokesperson Gavin Lynch stated:

It is only a two hectare trial, but that’s like saying you’re only a little bit pregnant, there are no grey areas with GM…. Organic Trust calls on Teagasc not to act on the approval granted but to adhere to the wishes of the vast majority of Irish citizens not to pollute our precious land. Not one single solitary benefit will accrue to Ireland as a result of this trial. So why it is going ahead?”

The above stated is a valid question to which the answer may hide in previously leaked documents dating as far back as 2007. It was back in 2007 that WikiLeaks cables revealed a surprising threat made to nations who rejected GMO crops and biotechnology overall. As plainly stated by the United States ambassador to France and business partner to George W. Bush, Craig Stapleton, all nations that oppose GMOs will be hit with calibrated ‘target retaliation’ and ‘military-style trade wars’.

Stapleton even goes on to specifically state that many European nations are culprits of such anti-GMO activity and should therefore be hit with such target retaliation. In other words, it is becoming more and more apparent that political incentives and even political threats appear to play a much greater role in the establishment of genetically modified crops and subsequent trials than public opinion. And until the public utilizes serious political activism and peacefully demands change from their representatives on a major scale, such political corruption will continue to ultimately influence decisions that affect your daily life.

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  • jellybaby

    Monsanto also brought you DDT and Agent Orange, and are responsible for spraying roundup in our atmosphere, killing natural bees and creating their own GM bees – despicable behavior, even for a heartless corporation.
    They know exactly what they’re doing, make no mistake.

  • jellybaby

    please look and read

  • jellybaby

    The government are not going to stop monsanto, the people must do it TOGETHER

  • Eliot W. Collins

    I do not eat white potatoes (or French fries), so I do not care. Sweet potatoes; now that's a different story.

    If these GMO potatoes are insect and disease resistant, and require less pesticide, then that might be a good thing.

    The potatoes grown in Ireland have already been substantially "modified" from what was originally found in South America.

    • julia

      your an idiot Elliot Collins! Do you think that stopping with white potatoes will appease the GMO monsters? They are working at poisoning everything we consume. Wake up! A good thing????? If you poison the food, the soil, the air, the water, and kill all the bees and butterflies that pollinate the food, with all these herbicides such as round up, DDT, and agent orange, are you going to die of cancer now or 10 years from now? But you will die of cancer, Mr. Collins. In your uninformed case, yea, it's good.

    • Veronique

      The likes of Monsanto want to patent the food supply of the world. This is part of the control giant corporations want to have on people and nature. It is destroying the integrity of the natural order. GMOs are an insult to the genetic integrity of the natural world. They are so far removed from anything we want in our food supply. You need to seriously learn what is going on.

  • Joanne

    The people who work for Monsanto, often referred to as the most evil company on Earth, should be tried for capital crimes/crimes against humanity and the appropriate punishment handed out swiftly.

    The Irish fought the English for how many years??? yet seem to roll over without a whimper these days. I guess their best and brightest starved themselves to death a few decades ago.

    All 4 of my grandparents emigrated from Ireland and I recently obtained Irish citizenship in the hopes of escaping from this American hellhole to a far better place in the near future. This doesn't look good.

    Get the fluoride out of your water, too. Stalin and the Nazis used fluoride to successful numb the public. The American government does it for the same reasons. Wake up people! There should be hundreds of millions of people in the streets all over the world.

    This is not going to end well for anybody. We've waited far, far too long!

    • julia

      your right Joanne. We have been asleep and dumbed down by these neo-fascist Nazi lovers. Go to for more information on how to stop the evil GMO corp's and what to buy that is not GMO products. If we band together and stop buying their products, they will have to go broke.

    • Veronique

      Very well said and I agree with all of it. They are numbing us down so we don't revolt. That is the point of their agenda.

  • ThomasT

    Who is still eating potatoes, GM or organic? Science has moved ahead of the 1970s false dogma given out by the totally corrupted dieticians and ignorant docs.

    Pots. are high in carbs that fatten and raise heart disease-causing triglycerides.

    They are high in the solanine glyco-alkaloids that CAUSE arthritis, belonging to the family of the atropa belladonna, the deadly nightshade. US Agric. dept. Study 1974

    They are high in phloridzin, an allergen that inflames the brain's pituatary, unless rolling boiled for 5 minutes or more. Degraded parts of the inflamed organ circulate, join-up with other specific degraded parts and form the cancer nucleus, necessary to start and fuel ALL malignancies. Clark HR PhD ND 2007.

    The fact that docs and dieticians dont 'recognise' any of this. does not invalidate the science.

    • Biff

      Ahhh! The deadly "nightshades" raises its ugly head again. One (1) doctor in the entire world, living in Florida, started this nightshade hoax to promote his own diet plan that failed miserably. What a crock. If you are so enamored by 1974 science, go back in your exploding Pinto time machine and listen to them talk about how agent orange is not cancer causing and DDT is safe for topical skin use. Oh, and let's not forget that they just finished building the World Trade Center – fully insulated with asbestos!

      I have a half dozen close Irish relatives who lived past 98 (Oldest was 106) and they ate potatoes every day, often twice a day their entire lives.

    • Veronique

      OMG, are you serious? Carbs are not the enemy, animal products are. Where the hell did you learn nutrition?

  • CDR

    I'm appalled that the Irish should allow GM crops to pollute the sacred Emerald Isle. However in some ways I'm not surprised; the Irish have shown no backbone in recent times, especially over financial matters relating to the eurozone and their EU membership. They seem to be little more than whipped dogs these days, unable or unwilling to resist anything that the powers-that-be throw at them. Just remind me to avoid buying any potatoes that come from Ireland.

    • BrianBoru

      Hi CDR, I'm from Ireland and do not take any offence to your statement because you are completely right. We're fluoridated up to our eyeballs and are suffering mass hypnosis with the tripe t.v that's in our faces 24/7. The fighting Irish is a myth/joke. We spend all our time fighting amongst ourselves and that's it while we let the criminals f*ck up up the a$$! Peace

    • Shane

      I'm also irish and a student, and ironically I agree with Brian here and yourself CDR ^ , I've been politically active the last year , attended many protests and I was/currently am involved in Campaigns against ACTA/SOPA and the Household charge campaign. The irish people are changing and we are begining to resist Austerity & Corruption but we are quite behined the rest of Europe, we're like the U.S.A , in terms of our population size. Our people are asleep but begining to wake up like the Occupy Movement in the United States. Just to give a glimpse of Hope to humanity about the demoralized irish, but times are changing ;)

      • julia

        We here in the United States are watching you and your Irish country. My ancestry is Irish also. I am praying for you and your country that you will fight against Austerity and GMO products and your Irish soul of fight or die will once again be revived to fight again. I was solely disappointed that your country took the austerity package that the evil banksters handed you. I was hoping that you would turn them down and go back to your own currency like Iceland did. I also pray for the United States and all nations around the world. We are all under attack by evil and we must win this battle.

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  • Grace

    I cannot believe this. Ireland should be the one country on this planet that understands the dangers of potato blight. They have experienced first hand the horrors that come from multiple governments greedy attempts to monopolize food production and consumption.

    The Irish citizens need to stand up and stop this before the entire food supply is poisoned for good.

    What good Catholic would poison their kids with this?

  • Al Smith

    Ireland should be the last place on earth that the psychotic world leaders would try to alter crops and the potatoe should be the very last crop they'd try to alter, because of the great potatoe famine. It seems that the Irish People should remember the lessons of the potatoe famine and rise up in solidarity against this menace. Irelanders should take a lesson from Icelanders and universally reject the monsters' plan and arrest everyone who tried to assist them in destroying the potatoe.

    • Shane

      Ireland is very Corrupt my friend :L The world has this image that the irish are all these old fashioned farmers on a little island because our first president wanted to portray this image when he visited the USA after our independence from Britain. We practically are the same as the USA , but we've been quite Apathetic durring the economic boom years (1995-2006) but we're begining to wake up, slowly, give us 3 years and we will be were the spanish are, give us 5 and we'll be were the Greeks are :P