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TITLE:  Contract harvesters unhappy GM protocols not established
SOURCE: Australian Broadcasting Corporation
        http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200510/s1482508.htm
DATE:   14 Oct 2005

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Contract harvesters unhappy GM protocols not established

Contract harvesters are angry that protocols acceptable to all parties
have not been established for dealing with canola crops contaminated with
genetically-modified (GM) material. They say with harvest just around the
corner, there is no protection for them against liability claims should
they be accused of transporting contaminated material from farm to farm.
President of the Australian Grain Harvesters Association, John Murphy,
says it is worrying that no-one knows for sure which crops might contain
contaminated material. "That is one of the biggest worries that as
harvesters ... I mean, it's getting close to harvest, the liability of us
contaminating someone else's product, someone else' property is a major
worry to us as an industry and that is why we have been attempting to get
a protocol that is acceptable," he said.


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TITLE:  Greens urge compo for GM contamination losses
SOURCE: Australian Broadcasting Corporation
        http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200510/s1482203.htm
DATE:   14 Oct 2005

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Greens urge compo for GM contamination losses

The New South Wales Greens want companies behind genetically modified
(GM) crop trials to compensate farmers if producers lose crops because of
GM contamination. Greens' MLC Sylvia Hale will visit a property in
Molong, north of Orange, today to discuss contamination concerns with a
member of the Network of Concerned Farmers. The NSW Government recently
destroyed a number of trial sites, including one at Manildra, because
they contained GM crop varieties. Ms Hale says the multinational
companies need to be held accountable for losses and remediation work.
"They are certainty very aware of the risks involved and if they are
still prepared to press ahead and persist with these trials then they
should be prepared to pay the costs of compensating farmers for the
losses they incur," she said. Print Email




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