New evidence from Canada starkly demonstrates the lack of vision regarding GM food by the current State Government, according to PGA Western Graingrowers chairman Leon Bradley.
"Premier Carpenter and Agriculture Minister Chance claim that there is no demand for food produced from GM crops, that there are no advantages from producing GM canola, and that indeed WA gain certain premiums from producing non-GM canola," Mr Bradley said
"If this were true, you would expect that Canadian canola production would be in decline,and Canadian farmers going out backwards due to falling sales and declining prices.
"Figures released by Stats Canada indicate that Canadian farmers have just planted a
record canola crop of almost 16 million acres, exceeding last year’s record of 14.7 million
"Indeed this year’s crop represents 2.7 million acres above the average Canadian crop, and is more than enough to displace the entire canola production of Australia on the international market.
"Fortunately for Australia, the State Governments of NSW and Victoria have recognised reality and allowed GM canola to be grown commercially.
"By deliberately blocking the process of technological advance in agriculture, the Carpenter Government has claimed a unique place in WA history.
"Even better for Premier Carpenter and his technophobic Minister, their decision comes at
no cost to the Government - the farmers of WA are the ones who pay the price."