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2004 August - Biotechnology Agriculture's Gene Revolution

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FPJ0102 Article - Who Carries the Can - Liability and Responsibility in the Biotechnology Debate

Tager, J
Farm Policy Journal, August 2004, Volume 1, Number 2, pp. 24 - 32 (9 pages)



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FPJ0102 Article - Development, Regulation and Use of Genetically Modified Crops in Australia

Higgins, TJ and Constable, G
Farm Policy Journal, August 2004, Volume 1, Number 2, pp. 14 - 22 (9 pages)


FPJ0102 Article - What Would Happen to Australia's Export Markets for Canola if GM Varieties were Released Commercially

Barber, M
Farm Policy Journal, August 2004, Volume 1, Number 2, pp. 34 - 40 (7 pages)


FPJ0102 Article - The European Union's Biotechnology Policy and its International Impact

Mazzocchi, P
Farm Policy Journal, August 2004, Volume 1, Number 2, pp. 42 - 48 (7 pages)


FPJ0501 Article - Plant Biosecurity - The Way Ahead

Hyam, L
Farm Policy Journal, February 2008, Volume 5, Number 1, pp. 47 - 57 (10 pages)


FPJ0801 - Phelps B, GM crops and foods- promises, profits and politics

The cruelest lie about Genetically Manipulated (GM) crops and foods is that they can ‘feed the world’. GM companies use empty promises of bountiful, designer foods to foist GM onto reluctant governments, farmers and shoppers. The UN says there is now enough food to feed everyone but our social priorities and conflicts allow a billion people to starve. GM technology cannot right this injustice, but false promises take scarce resources away from finding durable solutions to feeding, housing and clothing us all. Independent scientific evidence also shows that some GM foods may pose risks to human and animal health and the environment, but industry censorship hides the truth. Since commercial GM canola seed was first sold in some Australian states in 2008, GM contamination is imposing extra costs and losses on farmers and the food industry. Australia also risks losing its unique competitive advantage as the main supplier of GM-free grains to world markets. Farmer Protection laws that make the owners and users of GM responsible for their products have growing support. A more precautionary, open and scientific regulatory regime on all GM plants, animals and micro-organisms is also needed.  Phelps, B - GM crops and foods: promises, profits and politics
Farm Policy Journal Autumn 2011, Volume 8, Number 1, pp. 75-85

Biotechnology, GM, GMO, Genetically modified agriculture, Australia


FPJ0801 - Beckie et al, GM Canola- the Canadian experience

This article examines the agronomic, economic and environmental impacts of genetically modified (GM) herbicide-resistant (HR) canola (Brassica napus) after 15 years of cultivation in Canada. The rapid adoption of GM canola is due to improved weed control, greater yields and higher economic returns. GM canola has reduced the environmental impact of herbicides compared with their non-HR crop counterparts. There are no marked changes in volunteer weed problems associated with GM canola, except in no-till systems when glyphosate was used alone to control volunteers. GM canola has not reduced weed species diversity. Moreover, GM canola has provided new in-crop herbicide modes of action and has been an important management tool for slowing weed resistance to high-risk herbicides. Reliance on GM crops in rotations using the same mode-of-action herbicide and/or multiple in-crop herbicide applications over time can result in intense selection pressure for weed resistance. With current favourable economic returns from growing canola, many farmers are shortening their GM canola rotations. To date, evolved glyphosate- or glufosinate-resistant weeds in GM canola in Canada has not yet occurred.


Beckie H J, Harker K N , Légère A, Morrison M J, Séguin-Swartz G, Falk K C -
GM Canola: the Canadian experience
Farm Policy Journal Autumn 2011, Volume 8, Number 1, pp. 43-49

Biotechnology, GM, GMO, Genetically modified agriculture, Australia.


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