GM OK a be­trayal

The Advertiser - - LETTERS -

I READ with alarm the ar­ti­cle “Crop de­bate cir­cles back to lo­cal coun­cils” (The Ad­ver­tiser, 30/4/20).

There are sig­nif­i­cant en­vi­ron­men­tal and health con­cerns for GM crops.

The few agribusi­nesses that sell GM seed are out to con­trol of the world’s food sup­ply by own­ing all the seed and re­quir­ing farm­ers to only buy seed off them and not be able to save and grow their own seed.

Though drop­ping the mora­to­rium is only about GM canola and only in­volves 2 per cent of our agri­cul­ture, it will be the be­gin­ning of open­ing South Aus­tralia up to other GMOs (ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fied or­gan­isms).

There are too many fail­ures of ge­net­i­cally en­gi­neered crops and this de­ci­sion will po­ten­tially open up SA to these prob­lems. Will the gov­ern­ments then la­bel food with GM in it so the com­mu­nity has a choice about what they eat? Pre­sum­ably not. But there re­main ques­tions about the health of eat­ing such prod­ucts.

Farm­ers grow­ing GM crops are known to use in­creased amounts of her­bi­cide to man­age weeds due to the crop it­self be­ing re­sis­tant.

This is not good for the en­vi­ron­ment.

The crops then pro­duce super weeds that can­not be man­aged by her­bi­cides as the seed is blown out of the pad­docks. Con­tam­i­na­tion of other crops is in­evitable and has oc­curred else­where by an­i­mals, birds, bees, farm ma­chin­ery, trucks, wind, wa­ter and floods.

This is un­fair on farm­ers who do not want to grow GM crops and can ruin or­ganic farm­ers. To hand this com­pli­cated prob­lem over to coun­cils is ir­re­spon­si­ble and un­fair.

SA has had a chance at meet­ing the grow­ing de­sire for clean, green food prod­ucts and now both the Lib­er­als and the ALP have de­cided to throw this away to please a very small per­cent­age of farm­ers.

The real be­trayal for SA is by the ALP, which has changed its pol­icy.

EL­IZ­A­BETH CRISP, Collinswoo­d

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