Irish farmers are demanding EU limits to the use of soy products in the European Union.
In a letter to the European Commission on Wednesday, the farmers of St. Andrews, Co. Down, demanded the EU stop using soy products for animal feed, livestock feed and other animal products.
The letter, addressed to the Commission’s vice president, was sent to EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht.
It says the EU has “shown no desire to reduce its use of animal products” in recent years and has “a strong interest in preserving the sustainability of the sector.”
St Andrews has been the subject of a recent controversy when it emerged that it was the first in the country to use genetically modified (GM) soybeans in cattle feed.
The EU has been trying to control GM crops for a long time.
The country of 1.2 million people produces about half the EU’s total GM crop production.
But farmers and scientists have argued that there is no good evidence of safety, with a European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) report concluding that the technology could cause cancer.
In the letter, the group also demanded that the EU “implement strict rules on the use, sale and marketing of GM products in Europe and stop all production and marketing until there is conclusive evidence that GM technology is safe.”
The letter is a sign of growing pressure on the EU to restrict the use and sale of GM crops.
Last month, farmers in the UK voted in favour of a petition that called on the European Parliament to vote on a similar resolution.
That vote is expected to take place this week.
The move comes as European Union leaders are set to discuss a new European Union-wide agricultural policy this week, after a series of setbacks for the Union in recent months.
The latest crisis began with a bitter row over the use by the European Agricultural Commission of genetically modified wheat, the first GMO wheat to be approved by the EU, after it was approved for use in dairy products.
The decision was seen as undermining the EU position that GM foods are safe for humans.
In addition, the EU and US are also trying to impose a ban on GM maize after a petition was presented to the U.S. Congress calling for a ban.
The European Union is expected in a European Council meeting on Wednesday to discuss the issue of GMO crops.