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: