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Australia is among the world’s topve wheat exporters. GM wheat hasbeen rejected by all of the other majorwheat growing nations. In 2004,North American farmers blocked GMwheat commercialisation. Accordingto the Canadian Wheat Board, thebiotech industry could not ensure thatGM wheat would not contaminateCanada’s conventional wheat supplyand GM contamination would “virtuallydestroy the $3.5 billion industry inWestern Canada.”
The EuropeanUnion and Russia have a near-ban onGM crop cultivation.
None of the top ve globalwheat exporters, except Australia,is willing to be a testing ground for GM wheat. Australia stands to losekey wheat export markets if it losesits GM-free wheat status.
“GM he hs he poenl o vull y deso y he $3.5 bllon ndus y n wesen cnd.”
Ian McCrear y, a farmer and a direc tor wi th the Canadian Whea t Board
During its existence, the AustralianWheat Board had a clear policyrejecting GM wheat commercialisation.Like Canada’s Wheat Board,the Australian Wheat Board rejectedGM wheat because of the biotechindustry’s inability to guaranteesegregation of GM wheat in theeld and “clear market signals frominternational and domestic customersthat strong reservations existconcerning GM wheat.”
The Australian Wheat Board has sincebeen privatised and no analysis of thepotential for GM contamination of ourwheat supply chain, or the potentialimpact of this on Australia’s wheatexport markets, has been publishedsince the Australian Wheat Boardsurveyed Australia’s export marketsin 2003.While all of Australia’s major exportcompetitors have rejected GM wheatcommercialisation to protect theirnancial interests, Australia is set tocommercialise GM wheat by 2015.
To date, no Australian Governmentbody or Australian wheat industrybody has considered the impactsGM wheat will have on Australia’s$4.7 billion wheat export industry.
This is despite all existing evidenceindicating that if GM wheat iscommercialised it will not besuccessfully segregated in the eld.
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