Genetic modification

A risky path

"People will have [GM] Roundup Ready soya whether they like it or not." - Monsanto spokesperson, Ann Foster.
Genetically manipulated organisms (GMOs), their products, and the chemical used to manage them, pose an unacceptable risk to ecosystems.

Simply put, Lynn wants to keep Western Australia free from genetically modified organisms in the ecosystems and food supply.

Lynn would like to uphold a moratorium on growing commercial crops of genetically modified organisms because of the risk of:

  • spreading genetically modified organisms,
  • altering native flora and fauna or threatening native species,
  • the patenting and commercial control of life forms, and
  • the impact on the lucrative and clean green image of the organic grower industry.

Lynn supports organisations declaring that they will not use products which contain genetically modified ingredients.

Lynn encourages local governments in the city and in regional Western Australia to declare their boundaries to be GMO-free zones.

The Greens and Lynn oppose plant and transgenic animal genetic engineering and the release into the environment of genetically engineered micro-organisms, because of the failure of the genetic engineering industry to demonstrate that it is operating safely and ethically in these areas.

Genetic engineering offers the potential for enormous good and enormous harm and therefore should be treated with caution.

Everyone has a right to know if foods contain any ingredients made using GM techniques, through the comprehensive labelling of those products.

"It's difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato." Author Lewis Grizzard


Genetic modification

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  • A moratorium on the release of GMOs into the environment until there is an adequate scientific understanding of their long term impact on the environment and human and animal health. This includes the removal as far as possible of all GMOs from the Australian environment and food supply while the moratorium is in place,
  • Mandatory clear and obvious labelling of all foods containing any ingredient, additive, processing aid or other constituent produced using GMOs,
  • A ban on patenting all living organisions, including plants, animals and micro-organisms, and naturally occuring DNA code sequence information,
  • A rigorous peer-reviewed approach to assessing and licensing GMOs which sets objective benchmarks, standards and quailty assurance systems in advance of the use and release of GMOs,
  • A strengthened, transparent, precautionary regulatory and monitoring system which prevents GMO contamination,


  • Assessment and research processes that ensure GMOs are safe for the environment, and that derived foods are safe for consumption,
  • Fulfilment by Australia of its responsibilities under the Convention on Biological Diversity. This includes signing and ratifying the Cartagena Biosafety Protocol on the safe international transfer, handling and use of living modified organisms,
  • Certification of all imported seed, food and other products as GM or GM-free through stringent independent testing,
  • Balanced, accurate, complete and high quality information to be made available to the public, on the environmental, economic and social aspects of the genetic manipulation of living organisms,
  • Publicly- funded agricultural research and development to prioritise sustainable production methods not genetic manipulation,
  • The legal liability for adverse effects arising from planting, harvesting, distribution, sale of GMOs to lie with growers using GMO and licence holders.


Authorised by Lynn MacLaren © 2017

Hon Lynn MacLaren MLC - Member for South Metropolitan Region Legislative Council, Parliament of Western Australia