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Australia must keep GM-free advantage

With the Coalition supporting the states' plans to give away Australia's genetically-modified (GM) free food status, Rudd Labor should declare its hand, Greens leader Bob Brown said today, campaigning with SA Greens senate candidate Sarah Hanson-Young in Adelaide.
 "GM-free status has been giving Australia's canola producers a premium on world markets. Worldwide, consumers are more and more diligent in avoiding contaminated foods and are increasingly drawn to organic foods," Senator Brown said.
 "Furthermore, the concern expressed by consumers is being picked by food producers, with one of Australia's largest food companies, Goodman Fielder, urging the states to keep their moratoriums on GM crops."
"GM crops do not make economic sense and more importantly have now been shown to contain significant health risks. The Greens support a continued ban on GM crops," Senator Brown said.
"Jeffrey Smith, a US researcher and author of 'Genetic Roulette', is in Australia warning of the health risks of GM food. He has identified 65 health risks which range from increasing allergic reaction, triggering disease and even death in laboratory and farm animals."
"Australia cannot afford, economically, environmentally or health-wise to lose our GM-free status. It is important for South Australia, Victoria and NSW to join Western Australia and Tasmania in keeping the bans in place. I urge Rudd Labor to join the Greens in saying lets keep Australia GM free," concluded Senator Brown.                                                                                                                                                                                                             
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