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Floods spread GM seed

April 4, 2011 Comments off

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Bob Mackley, who farms at Duchembegarra, north of Natimuk, said his paddocks have been over-run by genetically modified canola following summer flooding in the Wimmera.

A WIMMERA farmer whose paddocks have been infested by genetically modified (GM) canola washed down by the December floods says the spread of large chunks of GM seed highlights the inadequacy of Australia’s co-existence policy between GM and non-GM canola.

Bob Mackley, who farms at Duchembegarra, north of Natimuk, said measures such as adventitious presence (AP) levels of trace levels of GM material were designed for contamination by cross-pollination, not for the widespread transportation of viable seed pods.

“The canola was transported in the first floods, then when we got the rain in January, it germinated quite a substantial amount.

“I’d say it could easily be more than the prescribed levels of 0.9pc GM material.”

However, Monsanto corporate affairs lead Keryn McLean said Mr Mackley needed only to approach the GM canola volunteers as any other weed.

“For any farmer intending to plant a crop this season, it is best practice to control weeds in paddocks prior to sowing any seed, canola or otherwise,” she said.

“If Roundup Ready canola was transferred into the paddock, a number of other plants would Read more…

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