Magazine article New Internationalist

'Francanola' Threatens Aussies

Magazine article New Internationalist

'Francanola' Threatens Aussies

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Polls show that a huge majority of Australians - up to 90 per cent - support the ban on genetically modified (GM) crops. But this did not stop John Brumby, State Premier of Victoria, bowing to pressure from big agribusiness and announcing in November that he would not renew the current moratorium.

He and his counterpart in New South Wales (NSW), which also plans to end the ban in early 2008, argue that farmers have been missing out on export opportunities to the US and Canada because of their failure to adopt GM canola (oilseed rape) and that the volteface will bring higher profits. It will 'put farmers on a level playing field with their overseas counterparts for the first time', claims one minister.

Anti-GM campaigners are appalled by the u-turn, which will mean that Australia as a whole will lose its GM-free status. …

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