EUROPEAN and Japanese grain buyers have threatened to cancel Australian contracts over fears of contaminated canola.
Importers have warned Australia's grain industry they will reject genetically modified grains.
The CBH Group, a major Australian grain co-operative controlled by 4800 growers, yesterday declared that natural canola farmers had a major advantage in international markets, attracting a 5 per cent price premium over GM canola.
CBH had to begin testing all grains for GM contamination this year after Western Australia lifted its moratorium on GM crops, allowing GM canola to survive sprayings of the Monsanto herbicide Round-Up.
CBH's marketing manager for lupins, oats and canola, Peter Elliott, said yesterday 90 per cent of this year's traditionally grown canola crop had been sold to Europe, which has banned GM foods. "When you're growing GM, at the moment you need to compete against Canada, but when you've got non-GM you get a free kick into Europe and some markets in Japan," he said.
"There's a massive advantage to be growing non-GM this year, because Europe has been so aggressively buying up all the non-GM tonnage."
Mr Elliott said he was concerned about the case of WA farmer Steve Marsh, who was stripped of his organic status last week after his farm was allegedly contaminated with GM canola seeds, blown from a neighbouring farm.
Mr Elliott said GM canola now made up 6 per cent of the crops in WA and 20 per cent in Victoria and NSW, but the strain was still banned in South Australia, the ACT and Tasmania.
The Australian can reveal that four European and Japanese importers threatened to cancel contracts after the WA government approved GM canola in January.
The European importers -- AgroTrace in Switzerland, Eurograin in Germany and Holtermann in Norway -- warned WA Premier Colin Barnett in February they would reconsider sourcing canola from the state in order to meet strict European laws on GM labelling and contamination thresholds.
"European consumers remain resolutely opposed to genetically modified crops, and as European importers we must remain responsive to the needs of our customers," the importers wrote in a letter obtained by The Australian yesterday.http://www.nasaa-wa.com.au/NASAA_WA/Home.html
An organic farmer in Western Australia, Steve Marsh has had GM Canola blown onto his property from a neighbouring farm and is now contaminated. His organic certification has been suspended, putting his livelihood and whole harvest in limbo.
Fortunately he had taken precautions to declare his property GM free and had gone to the expense of setting up signs and getting legal advise so he should be able to take legal action against the GM Farmer.
The WA Ag Department has now confirmed the contamination and Monsanto has stated that it will support the GM farmer if Steve takes legal action. The purpose of this page it to allow people to donate to a “war chest” to help Steve fight for compensation.
22.6 Million Tonnes of Wheat were produced in Australia 2010-2011
over 50% of Australian Grains are Exported and more then half of Australian Grain Exports can not contain ANY trace of ANY KIND OF GM CONTAMINATION
Three European grain traders, AgroTrace, Holtermann and Eurograin, have sent a letter to WA Premier Colin Barnett stating that they will not buy Western Australian grain if GM canola is grown.The letter, dated February 26, directly addresses the WA government’s motion to exempt Monsanto’s Roundup Ready® GM canola from restrictions on GM crops.
Contamination is and always was Inevitable if GM is allowed to be grown ANYWHERE in Australia
Australia is Risking its ENTIRE Grain Export Market, not just Wheat, Oats, Canola THE LOT!
This contamination issue is known by the government, and can no longer be ignored or considered a theory, ITS FACT AND ANTI-GMO NATIONS have spoken...
THE EUROPEAN AND JAPANESE GRAIN TRADERS HAVE WARNED AUSTRALIA MANY TIMES THAT GM CONTAMINATION WILL NOT ALLOW THEM TO IMPORT ANY OF OUR GRAIN DUE TO THEIR OWN NATIONS ANTI-GMO CONTAMINATION IMPORTATION LAWS THEY HAVE TOTALLY BANNED ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING GM BECAUSE IT CAUSES MANY PROVEN MEDICAL PROBLEMS LIKE CANCER! AND GENE MODIFICATION THAT CAN BE PASSED ON TO MODIFY HUMAN DNA-RNA!
5.4 Transgene transfer to human gut bacteria is confirmed
Sun Tsu "Art of War"
- An Army without sufficient food and grain will die
- Each pound of food taken from the enemy is equivalent to twenty pounds you provide by yourself.