Oct 31, 2011

WA government weighing up GM wheat options

The WA Department of Agriculture and Food's new Merredin Research Centre is part of the state government’s $9 million New Genes for New Environments project and it's developing genetically modified (GM) wheat and barley, writes Lisa Roth, a journalist with 3rd Degree.

The WA Department of Agriculture and Food’s new Merredin Research Centre is part of the state government’s $9 million New Genes for New Environments project and it’s developing genetically modified wheat and barley. Despite minister Terry Redman’s claims in a media release that the centre will put WA at the forefront of agricultural research, in parliament he echoed the concerns of two fellow Liberal Party members and admitted that not all countries currently importing Australian wheat would accept GM crops.

The Grain Growers Ltd Stakeholders’ Report 2011, called What the World Wants from Australian Wheat, summarised survey interviews with flour and stockfeed manufacturers in Australia and flour millers in south-east Asia, north Asia, the Middle East and Europe. All countries that import Australian wheat were involved in the survey. It concluded:

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2 thoughts on “WA government weighing up GM wheat options

  1. Flower

    June 2011: Washington — Global agribusiness giant Monsanto is under federal investigation for using cash incentives to persuade distributors to use Roundup, the world’s top-selling weedkiller.

    The US-based company has allegedly been offering distributors up to $20 per acre to use Roundup, as well as Roundup Ready seeds. Monsanto is also currently being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice for a possible violation of anti-trust laws regarding its dominance of the genetically-engineered seed industry.

    Monsanto, BayerCrop et al have been appointed to “protect” our food safety despite the irrefutable documented evidence revealing that these multinational corporations are predators, parasites and criminals.

  2. Lord Barry Bonkton

    What is wrong with these Liberals ? Markets said no to GM Wheat , W.A lets grow GM wheat and change their minds ?

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