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TITLE:  Call for large-scale GM canola trial
SOURCE: Australian Broadcasting Corporation, by Kellie Dolan
        http://www.abc.net.au/rural/wa/content/2005/s1473587.htm
DATE:   3 Oct 2005

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Call for large-scale GM canola trial

The issue of growing genetically modified canola is again under the
spotlight in WA, this time in the State's south east. On Friday, WA
Farmers moved a motion at a zone meeting to have a commercial-size trial
of GM canola in the area. It follows attention from pro-GM campaigners
who see Esperance farmers as being progressive, and more likely to get on
the GM bandwagon. The topic of GM canola crops has been a hot one in WA
with contamination found in existing canola variety trials. WA Farmers
Federation president Trevor De Landgrafft said farmers at the
Ravensthorpe-Esperance WA Farmers zone meeting stopped short of
recommending that the Esperance Shire become a GM zone. Instead they
supported the establishment of a commercial size trial in the Esperance
Shire to demonstrate and evaluate GM canola, with the relevant protocols
and safeguards in place.

In this report: Trevor de Landgrafft, president, WA Farmers Federation.


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TITLE:  Farmers vote to grow GM canola
SOURCE: Australian Broadcasting Corporation
        http://www.abc.net.au/rural/content/2005/s1473367.htm
DATE:   3 Oct 2005

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Farmers vote to grow GM canola

Farmers in the south of Western Australia want to grow genetically-
modified (GM) canola. At a meeting in Esperance on Friday, the WA Farmers
group moved a motion to have a local commercial-size trial of GM canola.
But first they will need approval from their state branch and they will
also need to tackle State Government and Esperance Shire moratoriums on
growing GM crops. WA Farmers president Trevor De Landgrafft says farmers
certainly need technology to take them into the future. "Everyone's
facing increased costs these days, everyone's looking for the next bit of
technology that's going to make us a profit in the future," he said.
"They want to have it demonstrated to them that these canolas have got
advantages and further evaluate the other downsides of the technology."


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TITLE: Minister won't rule out GM canola trial
SOURCE: Australian Broadcasting Corporation
        http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200510/s1474291.htm
DATE:   4 Oct 2005

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Minister won't rule out GM canola trial

Farmers in Western Australia's south will have to wait to see if a
genetically-modified (GM) canola trial comes to fruition. Local farmers
have voted to support the establishment of a commercial GM canola trial
in the Esperance Shire. WA Agriculture Minister Kim Chance says it will
not happen in the short-term because it contravenes state government
policy, but he has not ruled out an eventual trial. "The approach that
the Government is taking to resolve that is to establish within Western
Australia a working group to advise [the] Government on issues such as
this," he said. "I'm not far away from announcing the appointment of the
body and I'm hopeful that they can work through the issues that would be
presented by such a proposition."




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