GM OK a betrayal
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