[ASC-media] LOCAL FARMER GROUPS WANT GM IGNORANCE TO END

Brendon Cant brendon at iinet.net.au
Wed Mar 29 15:18:52 EST 2006


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LOCAL FARMER GROUPS WANT GM IGNORANCE TO END


 

WA graingrowers want to know more about genetically modified (GM) crops so
that they can make informed decisions about adopting them into their farming
systems.

 

This was revealed at the recent Local Farmer Group Network (LFGN) Group
Leaders Workshop, where Yuna Grower John Warr, of the Yuna Farm Improvement
Group said he had mixed feelings about GM crops.

 

“I am all for trialing GM technology, especially if it creates better yields
and increased profits, however I don’t want our international grain
marketing potential compromised.”

 

Mr Warr joined more than 40 growers and grain industry stakeholders at the
Burswood Entertainment Complex to discuss the current political, ethical and
market status of GM.

 

The LFGN is funded by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC)
and based at the University of Western Australia.

 

CSIRO researcher, Dr Rhonda Foley said that 95 per cent of all soybeans and
cotton grown in the United States was genetically modified and GM wasn’t a
major issue there.

 

“Australia exports canola to 10 countries, all of which accept GM,” Dr Foley
said. 

 

Gene technology has been widely adopted globally, with 80 million hectares
of GM crops planted, representing five per cent of world agricultural
production.

 

However, every Australian state, except Queensland, has a moratorium on GM.

 

GRDC Western Panel member and Kojonup grower, Neil Young said growers needed
access to information about GM so they could make educated decisions.

 

A key workshop outcome was that growers wanted to be more informed about not
only GM technology, but also the markets that accept GM crops.

 

Fifty year farming veteran Nils Blumann of the Gibson Lupin Group closed the
day by requesting that growers demand access to information about GM crops
and the possible effects on their industry.

 

“Local farmer groups need to talk about GM, decide their position and then
inform and lobby the government with their decision,” Mr Blumann said.

 

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