Irish celebrity chef protests new EU-US trade deal over GM foods

| | July 15, 2014
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Top chef Kevin Thornton has expressed his concerns over a new EU-US trade deal that could open the door to genetically-modified foods in Ireland. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is currently being discussed by the European Parliament in Brussels. Speaking ahead of a protest in Dublin against GM foods, Thornton said that food standards are much higher in the EU than the US.

“You want trade between these countries but our standards are much higher than for the US. In the US the whole thing is run by multinational companies who are really only interested in the bottom line and money,” he said. “The standard of food in Europe is much higher than it is there. My biggest concern would be is that you would have GM produce all over the place and no body is going to know about it.”

He added that he would never serve GM food in his own restaurant.

“We breed our own cattle. I’ll go out and I will pick seaweed and try to be as honest as possible. It doesn’t mean I’m a saint but I try.”

Read the full, original article: Top chef says Ireland must not allow GM foods to be sold here

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