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GM canola spill risks export markets

The WA Greens spokesperson on GMOs, Hon Lynn MacLaren MLC, is calling for the reinstatement of the genetically modified (GM) canola moratorium after 15 tonnes of GM canola spilt from a truck on the Albany Highway near Williams, just 500 metres from a non-GM canola farm.

Hon Lynn MacLaren said “This incident is yet another demonstration that Agriculture Minister Terry Redman’s GM canola experiment has failed. Our markets don’t want it and are now being jeopardised by GM contamination.” Read more »

Genetically modified wheat trials should be banned

Hon Lynn MacLaren MLC, the WA Greens spokesperson on GMOs, is calling for a ban on genetically modified (GM) wheat trials in Western Australia because of the risks posed to Western Australia’s wheat market. The call follows the release yesterday of a Greenpeace report Australia’s wheat scandal: The biotech takeover of our daily bread  which highlights the contamination risk posed by the trials.

“There have been numerous contamination incidents associated with GM crop trials, such as the ‘low-risk’ GM rice trial that Bayer conducted in the US which resulted in widespread contamination and cost the US rice industry $1.2 billion, ” said Ms MacLaren. Read more »

GM canola unsellable

The WA Agriculture Minister has admitted in Parliament that none of the genetically modified (GM) canola grown in Western Australia last year has been sold, sparking renewed calls for an inquiry into the lifting of the moratorium on GM canola from Greens spokesperson on GMOs Hon Lynn MacLaren MLC.

Ms MacLaren says “When lifting the moratorium, Agriculture Minister Terry Redman claimed that the introduction of GM canola would have no impacts on markets – this revelation raises serious questions about that claim. Farmers should be asking why they weren’t told that there was a danger their canola couldn’t be sold before the current growing season, so they could make an informed decision about whether to plant GM canola or not.” Read more »

Genetically modified food - honey and canola

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[COUNCIL — Thursday, 23 June 2011]
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Hon Lynn MacLaren; Hon Peter Collier

GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD — HONEY AND CANOLA

Hon LYNN MacLAREN to the minister representing the Minister for Agriculture and Food: Read more »

Genetically modified canola - moratorium

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[COUNCIL — Thursday, 23 June 2011]
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Hon Lynn MacLaren

GENETICALLY MODIFIED CANOLA — MORATORIUM

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Sustainable Agriculture: Greens (WA) Policy

The Greens (WA) have a vision of a new, uniquely Australian, agricultural landscape, a sustainable agriculture and growing rural communities. Farmers and land managers can be proud custodians, delivering environmental services such as clean air and healthy water to urban communities in addition to food and fibre.

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Media release: Major grain traders reject GM canola

WA Greens spokesperson on GMOs Lynn MacLaren has accused WA’s Agriculture Minister of jeopardising valuable export markets by allowing the commercial growing of genetically modified (GM) canola in the state, now that major grain traders are rejecting the product.

Hon. Lynn MacLaren MLC said “Two of Australia’s biggest grain traders – Elders-Toepfer and Glencore Grain - have said they are not currently taking GM canola because European markets don’t want it.” Read more »

Genetically modified crops - sensitive sites

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[COUNCIL — Thursday, 19 May 2011]
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Hon Lynn MacLaren; Hon Robyn McSweeney

GENETICALLY MODIFIED CROPS — SENSITIVE SITES

Hon LYNN MacLAREN to the minister representing the Minister for Agriculture and Food:

I refer to the WA Department of Agriculture and Food’s sensitive sites register. Read more »

Genetically modified wheat funding

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[COUNCIL — Wednesday, 6 April 2011]
Hon Lynn MacLaren; Hon Robyn McSweeney

GENETICALLY MODIFIED WHEAT — FUNDING

Hon LYNN MacLAREN to the minister representing the Minister for Agriculture and Food:

I refer to the Premier’s recent statement that he did not support genetically modified wheat. Read more »

Genetically modified alfafa - WA production

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[COUNCIL — Tuesday, 5 April 2011]
Hon Lynn MacLaren; Hon Robyn McSweeney

GENETICALLY MODIFIED ALFALFA — WA PRODUCTION

Hon Lynn MacLaren to the Minister for Child Protection representing the Minister for Agriculture and
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