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Detail

Area
Australia
Commodity Group
Oilseeds, oils and meals
Commodity
Rapeseed
Date
01/06/2017
Policy Category
Other
Policy Instrument
GMO policy
Description
Issued a parliamentary petition calling for compensation of farmers when GM-rapeseed contamination causes them to lose their GM-free or organic certification.
Notes
In the Parliament of West Australia, a petition was filed calling on the State Government to compensate farmers when GM-rapeseed contamination causes them to lose their GM-free or organic certification. According to the motion, GM contamination can create significant economic losses or extra costs, because GM-rapeseed or rapeseed tainted with GM material command lower prices per tonne on world markets. Although cultivation of GM-rapeseed has been allowed in three Australian States (comprising West Australia), the country remains the world’s leading supplier of GM-free rapeseed – including to the lucrative EU market (see also MPPU June’14, Nov.’15 & Sep.’16).