|Farmers group slams report that supports GM (9/8/2007)|
EXTRACT: "Canada tried to segregate for the sake of their markets and they couldn't do it. Right now we can sell anywhere throughout the world."
Farmers group slams report that supports GM
The Network of Concerned Farmers has hit out at a new grains industry report which endorses the production of genetically modified canola in Australia.
The report, by Single Vision Australia, says GM and conventional canola crops could be segregated here and that pollination contamination would not lock growers out of conventional markets.
It also says Canada is receiving better prices for GM canola than Australia is for non-GM varieties.
But network member Arthur Bowman refutes the findings.
"Canada tried to segregate for the sake of their markets and they couldn't do it," he said.
"Right now we can sell anywhere throughout the world.
"As was quoted by Kim Chance, last year we were selling at a premium to Canadian prices in 2006 and we have also had another report from Mark Martin from Market Ag saying that canola prices this year will again produce a premium because of the fact that we have a GM-free product."