THE GENE Technology Grains Committee (GTGC) recently launched canola industry stewardship protocols to enable the co-existence of different grain production systems and supply chains, including GM and non-GM systems. Industry comment on the protocols closed on 16 February.
The protocols provide the basis for industry self-regulation with regard to the potential introduction of GM canola. They complement the federal legislation overseen by the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator, which undertakes human health and environmental risk assessment.
Canola industry protocols aim to enable:
- each grain supply chain participant to completely meet the requirements of their chosen market, recognising that these requirements will ultimately be determined by consumer preference and regulatory requirements
- the release of GM crops into the environment in a manner that maintains or enhances the natural resource base and minimises the off-site impacts of agricultural and related activities
- producers to utilise technologies most appropriate to their chosen farming system
- the incorporation of GM crops into individual farming systems using crop management techniques that maximise the effective life of the technology.
The GTGC previously released a document titled A Strategic Framework for Maintaining Coexistence of Supply Chains. This document outlined the adoption, implementation, monitoring and verification of processes that will be required throughout the supply chain to meet the needs of consumers for differentiated products.
The GTGC includes representatives from across the grains industry, including scientists, producers, bulk handlers, food processors, technology providers, the organic industry and observers from the Commonwealth and state governments.
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