Tag Archives | Biotechnology

Imperialism, Greenpeace Style

The politics of biotechnology (e.g. GM food crops) in Africa is as thorny as the savannah acacias according to Roger Kalla who has contributed the following: Kenyan officials have put off approving the field testing of a genetically modified virus resistant cassava. Cassava is a staple crop for 600 million people in Africa and Latin […]

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Marie Claire Says No to GM

Marie Claire is a popular magazine read by many educated and socially conscious young women in Australia. My daughter Caroline has just drawn my attention to page 170 of the November 2005 issue where readers are told to ‘Say No to Genetically Modified Food’. There is a link to the Greenpeace true food site. Interestingly […]

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Yes and No to GM

Dear all, The latest biennial Biotechnology Australia consumer survey results have been released this morning. This is the fourth such survey undertaken in Australia. I have attached a summary of the results which compares them with the results of 2003. There are no obvious developments, with most people seeing all applications as risky. Three interesting […]

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The GM-Free Price Tag

The Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics (ABARE)has just issued a media release: Australia’s GM-free stance on planting transgenic canola could result in significant losses for Australian farmers, according to the September issue of Australian Commodities released today by Dr Brian Fisher, Executive Director of ABARE. Although Australia’s gene technology regulator has approved transgenic […]

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French Farmers Put Big Crack in EU’s Anti-GM Facade

My first post on GM foods at this web-log was on 8th June and the first comment was from Stephen Dawson, he wrote: In 1903 the first heavier-than-air machine achieved flight. A decade later aircraft were still custom-built, dangerous and had hardly any load-carrying capability. Now for five per cent of the average Australian income […]

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Where’s the Market Premium for Non- GM Canola?

After I wrote about the anti-GM lobby group the ‘Network of Concerned Farmers’ and their misinformation campaign in my column in The Land newspaper (11th August edition, pg. 24), I received letters and emails accusing me of not understanding basic marketing principles. I was told that Australian canola growers are better off because they have […]

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Greenpeace Needs a New Campaign

Greenpeace has been running a kept Australia GE free campaign for some time. The campaign should have got a boost over the last couple of weeks with findings of minuscule, but detectable quantities, of GM material in Australian canola. The material was first found in Victoria and more recently in WA. For some background on […]

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Aussie Canola Contaminated by GM Material

Traces of a GM material known as Topas 19/2 were have been found in Victorian canola ready for export. GM canola was approved by the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator in Canberra sometime ago for commercial production in Australia. However, bans on GM food crops introduced by State Governments have prevented the legal commercial […]

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New Pro-GM Network Establishes

Some months ago grain and oilseed growers from West Australia, dried fruit, dairy, grain and beef producers from Victoria, and cotton, grain, cattle, sheep and oilseed growers from New South Wales and Queensland got together in Canberra to talk about GM issues. They formed a network with the following vision and aim: Our vision is […]

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Teach Me to Fish

Africa is in the news. I lived in Madagascar and then Kenya from 1985 through to 1992. Here I am in in the far south-west of Madagascar in about 1986, Jen stopping for lunch. This was one way of getting about in Madagascar in the mid 1980s, by taxi brouse. Taxibrouses would run the more […]

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