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GM ban lift threatens markets - Greens

"The lifting of bans on Genetically Modified crops today in Victoria and New South Wales will threaten Australia's clean green reputation and cost farmers huge amounts of money," said Senator Rachel Siewert.

"The evidence from the Gene Technology Regulator last week in Senate Estimates indicated very clearly that there was not a national segregation system in place and farmers and consumers would be left to pay the price of contamination."

"The ban is being lifted today, but they have no way to ensure that non-GM crops using trucks, silos and handling facilities that have stored and transported GM crops are not contaminated," said Senator Siewert.

"This will threaten our premium markets."

"It is not fair that non-GM farmers should have to bear the cost of contamination."

"The onus should be on those who want to take the risk of moving over to genetically engineered crops to provide separate handling and transport facilities and bear the costs of any contamination," she said.

"The Greens believe that the states should not be lifting the bans on GM crops. Certainly not until the problems with regulation and infrastructure have been solved," concluded Senator Siewert.

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