THE Western Australian Farmers Federation (WAFarmers) questions the motives of several “anti-biotechnology” groups, in light of reports of planned publicity stunts by Greenpeace.
WAFarmers Director of Policy, Alan Hill, said: “in Western Australia, a numner of non-farmer representative groups are masquerading as being supportive of farming communities, which we believe is not the case.”
“These groups seek to prevent the on-farm use of Genetically Modified (GM) technology, despite its use having undergone a stringent approval process by both State and National governments,” Mr Hill said.
“Despite their continued involvement in high profile media focused stunts, WAFarmers is aware that several groups are working together, seeking to develop legislation which allows for the use of GM, provided that GM companies are levied annually.
“I find it interesting that a group like Greenpeace Australia, which has an anti-GM stance, is at the same time developing positions which will allow for the use of GM.
“Greenpeace, and more broadly, their partner organisations, should explain their position on the use of GM crops,” Mr Hill concluded.
WAFarmers GM policy supports: The lifting of the current State Government moratorium on the commercial release of GM canola. Future research and development into GM crops and pastures. Australian and State Government tolerance levels of 0.9 per cent in crops and 0.5 per cent in seeds. The Office of Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) and its charter to protect the health and safety of Australians and the Australian environment. Further development of protocols for the commercialisation of GM grains in the Western Australian grains industry including intellectual property rights, contamination, segregation, licensing, protection of individual growers and legal liability issues.