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GM canola ban "disappointing"

The South Australian Governments decision to extend a moratorium on genetically modified canola is not supported by scientific evidence and may send the wrong message about the role of science in agriculture, experts in plant science and technology say.

The experts based at the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics (ACPFG) at the University of Adelaides Waite Campus say Australian farmers should be provided with every technology, whether GM or not, to help overcome the ravaging effects of national problems such as drought and salinity.

The State Governments decision is disappointing says University of Adelaide Federation Fellow Professor Mark Tester, and the Director of the Universitys Waite Campus, Professor Geoff Fincher, both based at the ACPFG.

This decision is not supported by the extensive scientific evidence that has been accumulated over 10 years in many countries around the world and could send negative signals to the community about the potential benefits of science and the application of new technologies, Professor Tester says.

Currently the Australian Federal Government, through the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator, monitors all genetic modification research on a case-by-case basis, under stringent control guidelines.

Most cases show that in recent years, countries with access to genetically modified crops have reaped environmental benefits, particularly in the developing world. There is little doubt in the scientific community that genetic modification is part of a sustainable farming future, says the Director of the University of Adelaides Waite Campus and Deputy CEO of the ACPFG, Professor Geoff Fincher.

We need to ensure that the community is properly informed of the issues related to the application of this technology. We hope that South Australian farmers will be given the opportunity to use this technology in the future for the benefit of farmers, consumers and the environment, Professor Tester says.


Contact: Mark Tester
University of Adelaide

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