Posted by: Mahdi Ebrahimi | August 17, 2007

Organic farming body warns against GM canola

Australia’s peak organic farming body is predicting widespread legal action if genetically modified (GM) canola is allowed to be grown in Australia.The Federal Government this week began pushing for the introduction of GM canola, saying it is safe.

South Australia has a moratorium on the commercial planting of GM crops, which is under review.

The director of Biological Farmers of Australia, Scott Kinnear, says experience in the United States shows the lifting of any ban will unleash a flurry of litigation:

“Without any question there will be litigation if genetically modified canola is planted and contamination will occur,” he said.

“Government has not put in place any assessment of the legal implications and in fact the cost of litigation should be taken into account when weighing up any benefits.”

source: http://www.abc.net.au

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