Chief scientist calls for GM debate

THE general public needs to understand the difference between a scientist and a “ranting entertainer”, says Australia's chief scientist.
THE general public needs to understand the difference between a scientist and a “ranting entertainer”, says Australia's chief scientist.
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BROADBENT Grains has bought a major grain handling facility in NSW, contributing to what is becoming one of the biggest supply chain spending sprees by the industry in more than a decade. BROADBENT Grains has bought a major grain handling facility in NSW, contributing to what is becoming one of the biggest supply chain spending sprees by the industry in more than a decade.
THE death of Australian statesman Malcolm Fraser is a sad loss for the rural community, say peers. THE death of Australian statesman Malcolm Fraser is a sad loss for the rural community, say peers.
OPINION: IT’S true that alcohol and tobacco take a greater toll on our health system, but the use of 'ice' is an acute public health issue. OPINION: IT’S true that alcohol and tobacco take a greater toll on our health system, but the use of 'ice' is an acute public health issue.
A SENATE inquiry into the red meat processing sector should hold hearings in Australia’s beef capital, say Queensland representatives. A SENATE inquiry into the red meat processing sector should hold hearings in Australia’s beef capital, say Queensland representatives.
A VETERINARY pathologist says the IARC findings on glyphosate should serve as a wake-up call for Australian agriculture.
2:00 AM  3 A VETERINARY pathologist says the IARC findings on glyphosate should serve as a wake-up call for Australian agriculture. | Roundup rejects cancer claims 
SA MAY soon have fields of white, pink and purple poppy flowers dotting the landscape with the state Opposition releasing draft legislation to amend the Controlled Substances Act 1984.
26 Mar 15 SA MAY soon have fields of white, pink and purple poppy flowers dotting the landscape with the state Opposition releasing draft legislation to amend the Controlled Substances Act 1984.
A DEVASTATING bushfire that ravaged Colin Seis' Gulgong, NSW, Merino property in 1979, killing his 3000-head flock and destroying the family property, was the catalyst which revolutionised his production system.
26 Mar 15 A DEVASTATING bushfire that ravaged Colin Seis' Gulgong, NSW, Merino property in 1979, killing his 3000-head flock and destroying the family property, was the catalyst which...
AN appeal on costs of $803,989 awarded against WA organic farmer Steve Marsh in the case against his neighbour Mike Baxter has been placed on hold.
25 Mar 15 AN appeal on costs of $803,989 awarded against WA organic farmer Steve Marsh in the case against his neighbour Mike Baxter has been placed on hold.
QUEENSLAND Country Life catches up with the growers who help produce the state's top 10 commodity crops.
25 Mar 15 QUEENSLAND Country Life catches up with the growers who help produce the state's top 10 commodity crops.
PRO and anti-GM lobbies were put on hold when the WA Supreme Court reserved its decision on an appeal against a ruling in favour of a GM grower.
25 Mar 15 PRO and anti-GM lobbies were put on hold when the WA Supreme Court reserved its decision on an appeal against a ruling in favour of a GM grower. | GM appeal rests on 'duty of care'  | GM crops back in the spotlight 
AUSTRALIA'S massive sea freight advantage to south-east Asian markets will allow wheat exporters to remain competitive, says Rabobank.
25 Mar 15  8 AUSTRALIA'S massive sea freight advantage to south-east Asian markets will allow wheat exporters to remain competitive, says Rabobank. | Filling gaps in grain governance  | Grain buy could set trend 
AN appeal by organic farmer Steve Marsh will hinge on whether appeal judges are convinced his GM-cropping neighbour had a greater duty of care to protect Mr Marsh’s organic certification.
24 Mar 15 AN appeal by organic farmer Steve Marsh will hinge on whether appeal judges are convinced his GM-cropping neighbour had a greater duty of care to protect Mr Marsh’s organic certification. | GM crops back in the spotlight 
AUSTRALIA is in a good position to capitalise on the burgeoning SE Asian grain market, if it can provide a consistent quality product.
24 Mar 15  14 AUSTRALIA is in a good position to capitalise on the burgeoning SE Asian grain market, if it can provide a consistent quality product. | Push drought funds to...  | Farmer confidence at four-year high 
MSF Sugar made history on Monday by exporting its first Australian Brand 1 high polarity raw sugar cargo to Japan under the recently signed JAEPA.
24 Mar 15 MSF Sugar made history on Monday by exporting its first Australian Brand 1 high polarity raw sugar cargo to Japan under the recently signed JAEPA.
A NEW report reinforces the benefits of farmers choosing to use GM crops to reduce pesticide use while increasing yields and profitability.
23 Mar 15  13 A NEW report reinforces the benefits of farmers choosing to use GM crops to reduce pesticide use while increasing yields and profitability. | Choice is key in GM debate  | Senator pushes anti-GM motion 
PROFESSOR Michael McLaughlin from the CSIRO and Adelaide University has won the 2015 IFA Norman Borlaug Award.
23 Mar 15 PROFESSOR Michael McLaughlin from the CSIRO and Adelaide University has won the 2015 IFA Norman Borlaug Award.
EATING whole grains and cereals has been linked with reduced risk of premature death, according to researchers from Harvard Public School of Health.
23 Mar 15 EATING whole grains and cereals has been linked with reduced risk of premature death, according to researchers from Harvard Public School of Health. | Al dente direction for durum 
A BOLD plan to make Canberra the medical marijuana capital of Australia proposes to replicate the economic benefits Tasmania has reaped from the controlled poppy industry.
23 Mar 15  1 A BOLD plan to make Canberra the medical marijuana capital of Australia proposes to replicate the economic benefits Tasmania has reaped from the controlled poppy industry. | Milk labels yes, hemp no: Forum 
BROADBENT Grains has bought a major grain handling facility in NSW, contributing to what is becoming one of the biggest supply chain spending sprees by the industry in more than a decade.
23 Mar 15  4 BROADBENT Grains has bought a major grain handling facility in NSW, contributing to what is becoming one of the biggest supply chain spending sprees by the industry in more than a decade. | More port exemptions on the table  | Glencore's next move could be ag 
RESEARCH by the CSIRO has found Australia is suffering more frequent and severe frosts, with the potential to cost the cropping sector.
23 Mar 15  1 RESEARCH by the CSIRO has found Australia is suffering more frequent and severe frosts, with the potential to cost the cropping sector. | Growers still calling for...  | Reducing risk increases profit 
FRANK Crofts was a distinguished ag scientist and university teacher whose career achieved huge savings in fuel and water for croppers.
22 Mar 15  1 FRANK Crofts was a distinguished ag scientist and university teacher whose career achieved huge savings in fuel and water for croppers. | Stewardship critical for grains  | Managing phosphorus: a fine balance 
FARMERS with mixed livestock and cropping enterprises can add value through the strategic use of pasture or fodder break crop.
22 Mar 15 FARMERS with mixed livestock and cropping enterprises can add value through the strategic use of pasture or fodder break crop. | Growers still calling for...  | Reducing risk increases profit 
ON-GOING access to job ready and skilled people for a sustainable grains industry is the focus of a new, industry-supported project, focused on building and implementing a comprehensive capacity building model for the WA grains industry.
21 Mar 15 ON-GOING access to job ready and skilled people for a sustainable grains industry is the focus of a new, industry-supported project, focused on building and implementing a comprehensive...
INTERVIX not to blame; Iraqi tender cancelled; new MPCI weather system.
21 Mar 15 INTERVIX not to blame; Iraqi tender cancelled; new MPCI weather system. | Reducing risk increases profit  | Stewardship critical for grains 
THE Asia Pacific Century is upon us and the Australian grain industry is in a good position geographically to make the most of the opportunity, particularly in building strong relationships with South East Asia, according to US Rabobank grain specialist Sterling Liddell.
20 Mar 15  2 THE Asia Pacific Century is upon us and the Australian grain industry is in a good position geographically to make the most of the opportunity, particularly in building strong...
A CONTINGENT of WA growers are meeting the end users of their grain in South East Asia this week as a part of a CBH Grower Study Tour.
20 Mar 15 A CONTINGENT of WA growers are meeting the end users of their grain in South East Asia this week as a part of a CBH Grower Study Tour.
GRAIN producer organisations have formed a steering committee to work on further developing the governance structure for GRDC.
20 Mar 15 GRAIN producer organisations have formed a steering committee to work on further developing the governance structure for GRDC. | Growers still calling for...  | LaTrobe malt barley ready for... 
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It is incredible! The most widely used herbicide in the world, for the past several decades,
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What most people are missing is that each GM strain does not use a common gene. i.e. Atlantic
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Brent - they had my proposal to introduce fair and open trading conditions that would ensure
IN another bitter blow for the depleted agency additional job cuts within the Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) have been given the go-ahead by government.26 Mar 15  1 IN another bitter blow for the depleted agency additional job cuts within the Department of Agriculture and Food...
CHANGES to animal welfare requirements for live cattle export are running smoothly in Indonesia, with the take up by local businesses impressing an Australian expat in the industry.25 Mar 15 CHANGES to animal welfare requirements for live cattle export are running smoothly in Indonesia, with the take up by...