Aussie Dairy Farmers Call for GM Pastures

AUSTRALIA - Western Australian dairy farmers are pushing to have genetically modified pastures grown in the state in order to stay competitive.
calendar icon 15 May 2008
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NSW and Victoria are planting the first GM canola this autumn after a ban on the crop was lifted earlier this year.

Peter Evans, from WA Farmers, says GM pastures could be available within four years.

And he says local milk production will fall behind if the state's moratorium isn't lifted.

"There are clovers and rye grasses that will be available to all pasture growing farmers and these will have a great advantage for dairy farmers," he said.

"And because NSW and Victoria have allowed genetically modified canola, we assume that they will allow these grasses to be grown.

"Once they're available, we'd be lobbying very heavily to be able to use them, otherwise we'd be at a competitive disadvantage."

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