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7-Business: Call for GM contamination tribunal in Australia

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TITLE:  Call for GM contamination tribunal
SOURCE: Australian Broadcasting Corporation
DATE:   17 Oct 2005

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Call for GM contamination tribunal

A Victorian farmers' group opposed to the use of genetically modified
(GM) seed is pushing for a tribunal to fine GM companies when
contaminations occur.

A Wimmera farmer recently had his pure canola crop independently tested
and it was found to be contaminated with GM varieties.

The Network of Concerned Farmers' Julie Newman says GM companies can no
longer shirk their responsibility for such contaminations.

"What we'd like to see happen is to have a tribunal that evaluates by
discussing with markets and supply chain participants, evaluates
accurately what they predict the estimated loss would be within 12 months
and then that fee is to be payed by the GM company," she said.


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