GM coexistance conference to be held

28 Sep, 2009 01:09 PM
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International experts will converge on Melbourne in November to discuss coexistence between GM and non-GM crops.

Professor German Spangenberg, conference chair, says the GMCC-09 conference will highlight best practice examples from around the world.

"GMCC-09 will have a strong focus on challenges for industry," Professor Spangenberg said.

"We're excited to announce a workshop on logistical approaches for cost effective GM analysis hosted by Guy Van den Eede from the Institute for Health and Consumer Protection in Italy.

"Bernhard Koch will also be leading a session on legal frameworks for coexistence. Dr Koch will discuss the efforts in developing worldwide coexistence legal strategies."

Issues and overlap on technical, economic and regulatory issues involved in coexistence will also be discussed.

"The conference will host speakers from 21 countries worldwide. This is an excellent opportunity for Australian researchers and industry to learn from international experience," Professor Spangenberg said.

"There has been significant growth in the introduction of GM crops in global agriculture. The conference will provide a strong knowledge base that can be used to develop feasible coexistence strategies between GM and non-GM crops."

Key issues will include strategies for coexistence and organizational measures across the supply chain, socio-economics of coexistence and many others, as well as highlighting the progress of the Australian approach in the coexistence of GM canola.

"We also want to address the planning for coexistence measures in advance of other GM crop introductions such as wheat, rice, fruit crops and pastures."

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