New GM law

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The NSW Minister for Agriculture and Small Business, Katrina Hodgkinson, recently introduced a bill to extend the existing GM arrangements in NSW for a decade.

This means that OGTR-approved GM food crops will continue to require additional approval by the Minister based on a market and trade assessment. The bill has since been passed as law.

This legislation is in stark contrast to Victoria, where OGTR-approved GM crops can be commercialised and require no additional state-based legislation/market and trade assessment.

More information: Agrifood Awareness Australia, www.afaa.com.au; Gene Technology (GM Crop Moratorium) Amendment (Postponement of Expiry) Bill 2011, www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/prod/parlment/hansart.nsf/V3Key/LA20110601032; www.grdc.com.au/AAA00006

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