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South Australia to keep GM genie in the bottle: Tasmania on the right track

Australian Greens biosecurity spokesperson, Senator Christine Milne, today congratulated South Australian Premier Mike Rann for extending indefinitely South Australia's moratorium against the growing of genetically modified food crops (GMO).
 
Senator Milne said Tasmania's arm should be strengthened by the actions of Western Australia, and now South Australia, in shunning GMOs. 
 
"Premier Rann has announced an indefinite extension of SA's GM ban because of concerns about the risks to all primary producers.  In Tasmania, I am particularly concerned about the threat to organic and all sustainable agriculture producers that genetically engineered crops represent.
 
"To protect our lucrative and hard-won clean, green image, Tasmania must continue to hold the line against the GM industry spin and lobbying from other vested interests.  New South Wales and Victoria have taken the bait and lifted their bans.  We have an opportunity here to chart a smarter course.
 
"It also makes good economic sense to keep Tasmania GE-free.  International buyers are increasingly prepared to pay significant premiums for GM-free canola, just as consumers are rightfully wary about foods that contain GM products.  There is increasing consumer pressure for more detailed and accurate labelling of all foods containing any ingredient, additives, processing aid or other constituent produced using GMOs.
 
"To date, I am encouraged by the anti-GM stance being maintained by the Tasmanian Government.
 
 "I am one of many Tasmanians who late last year made a submission to the Tasmanian Parliament's Joint Standing Committee Inquiry into Gene Technology in Primary Industries, and I look forward to taking part in the Inquiry's public hearings.  With a far-sighted, precautionary example set by South Australia and Western Australia, I am extremely hopeful that common sense will prevail here in clean, green Tasmania," Senator Milne said.

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