2011 Autumn - Can agriculture manage a genetically modified future

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FPJ0801 - Fitzgerald, P , The coming of GM wheat- a seven to ten year program of collaboration, consultation and communication

Genetically Modified (GM) wheat is at least seven years away from commercialisation. Approved field trials of some GM wheat varieties are now underway to assess the plants’ agronomic performance and characteristics and GM wheat will undergo stringent scientific assessment to ensure its safety for human health and the environment as part of the approval process by specialist regulatory authorities. The development of GM wheat varieties is a global collaborative effort involving scientists from both public and private sectors using proven technology. In parallel to the scientific developmental work, an extensive program of consultation and collaboration has begun domestically and internationally to examine and understand customer requirements for GM wheat. A recent survey in the USA (IFIC 2010) showed strong support for GM wheat with the majority of Americans (80%) indicating they were somewhat or very likely to purchase products made with GM wheat, if these foods were produced using sustainable practices to feed more people using less resources. Australia is at the fore of this work as it maintains a skilled and successful agricultural research and development sector; and is a major exporter of wheat.
Fitzgerald, P - The coming of GM wheat: a seven to ten year program of collaboration, consultation and communication
Farm Policy Journal Autumn 2011, Volume 8, Number 1, pp. 67-83

Biotechnology, GM, GMO, Genetically modified agriculture, Australia

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