Canola growers in WA have challenged food writer Margaret Fulton and nutritionist Rosemary Stanton to declare the scientific basis for their opposition to genetically modified foods.
PGA Western Graingrowers chairman Leon Bradley said their decision to declare public support for the Greenpeace campaign against GM technology was motivated more by a quest for personal publicity than for any factual consideration.
"We would expect the usual collection of pro organic retailers, processors, and chefs to fall in line with Greenpeace, but for two eminent food personalities to cast doubt over a perfectly safe food source - apparently without checking their facts – is seriously irresponsible," Mr Bradley said.
"The global success of GM canola already supersedes any of the misinformation Greenpeace puts out to the public, and it will succeed in Australia – not just because Australian farmers need it to remain competitive, but because the Australian public cannot be fooled.
"The latest subscribers to this anti-GM campaign are guilty of taking a populist stance without checking the real facts.
"Are they also prepared to argue that Insulin is dangerous to diabetics because it is derived from GM technology?"