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WA Farmers Sticks with GM Policy

23 February 2012

AUSTRALIA - The Western Australian Farmers Federation (Inc.) (WAFarmers) yesterday confirmed its existing Genetically Modified (GM) policy at its annual GM Policy Forum.

WAFarmers Director of Policy, Alan Hill, said the WAFarmers General Section Council voted in favour of continuing with the current GM Policy.

“We had very limited changes to the policy last year and with no changes this year, we have a very consistent base to work from on issues related to GM,” Mr Hill said.

“GM continues to attract interest in the media and in rural areas. The key point for WAFarmers is that everyone now knows exactly where we stand on the issue.”

WAFarmers GM Policy states:

  • WAFarmers supports the lifting of the current State Government moratorium on the commercial release of GM canola.
  • WAFarmers supports future research and development into GM crops and pastures.
  • WAFarmers supports Australian and State Government tolerance levels of 0.9 per cent in crops and 0.5 per cent in seeds.
  • WAFarmers supports the OGTR and its charter to protect the health and safety of Australians and the Australian environment.
  • WAFarmers supports further development of protocols for the commercialisation of GM grains in the WA grains industry including intellectual property rights, contamination, segregation, licensing, protection of individual growers and legal liability issues.

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