Organic farmers fear GM crops

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Organic farmers in Australia reacted this week to the first
application for a commercial crop of genetically engineered canola
received by the Australian Office of the GeneTechnology Regulator,
reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

Organic farmers in Australia reacted this week to the first application for a commercial crop of genetically engineered canola received by the Australian Office of the GeneTechnology Regulator, reports the Sydney Morning Herald​.

The story​ says that the chemical maker Monsanto asked the federal body for alicence on Friday, the first anniversary of the Federal Government'slegislation on GMcrops and its policing body.

Organic farmers immediately said the application was the first step towardsthe end of their industry.Scott Kinnear of the Biological Farmers of Australia was cited as calling onState Governments to make sure the economic implication of the licence wouldbe considered and that other governments should follow Western Australia andTasmania in imposing a moratorium on commercial releases in their states.

The Gene Technology Regulator, Sue Meek, was cited as saying she hadreceived 20 applications for licences in the past year, mostly for fieldtrials, and that a risk assessment and management plan was being developedfor Monsanto's canola application.

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