GM and non-GM market access

Photo of a plant house used for GM crops

THE GENE Technology Grains Committee (GTGC) recently released its Strategic Frameworkfor Maintaining Coexistence of Supply Chains providing a basis for growers to deliver genetically modified (GM) or nonGM crops to the marketplace.

The framework is the first step in providing growers with the opportunity to select the production method best suited to their farm and business needs, and deliver a product that meets market specifications. The GRDC is a member of the GTGC, which was formed in July 2002. Other members include industry associations (Australian Oilseeds Federation, Canola Association, Organic Association, Seed Industry Association etc), technology providers (Aventis, DuPont), state farm associations, and other groups including CSIRO, AWB Ltd and the University of Western Australia. Representatives from both federal and state governments are also observers on the committee.

The GTGC has recognised that markets exist for GM, non-GM and GM-free products. With the grains industry currently segregating approximately 70 grain products to meet market requirements, the committee is using these principles to develop rigorous systems for GM crops.

The GTGC is developing plans for the entire supply chain - from pod to plate - in anticipation of the commercial release of GM canola. The framework is based on five key principles including transparency and consultation, freedom of choice, monitoring and review, and case-by-case planning.

Feedback is invited on the strategic framework, launched at the beginning of August. Copies of the document - GTGC Strategic Framework for Maintaining Coexistence of Supply Chains - can be downloaded from the Agrifood Awareness Australia web site at www.afaa.com.au