Grains Research and Development

Date: 01.04.2003

Genetically modified canola in Australia : Oilseeds Federation issues report, gives qualified nod

THE AUSTRALIAN Oilseeds Federation (AOF) has recently released a second report on GM canola in Australia, focusing on some of the agronomic and environmental issues involving GM canola.

Written by Phil Salisbury from Agriculture Victoria, the report outlines the history of Australia's canola production and addresses issues such as pollen movement, outcrossing rates, isolation distances, and volunteer management which are currently being discussed industry-wide in relation to the GM canola licence applications before the Gene Technology Regulator.

"It appears that, provided there are realistic market specifications and production procedures established to manage crop and environmental impacts, issues regarding GM gene flow should not be a barrier for co-existence," says AOF President Allan McCallum.

Resource: Australian Oilseeds Federation http://www.australianoilseeds.com/