11 March 1999
Resistance to GM crops grows in Australia

GENETICALLY modified (GM) crops have so far been enthusiastically embraced in Australia – but there are now signs of growing resistance, reports the Financial Times.

Last month, the Australian and New Zealand Food Association said GM cotton and soyabeans were safe. GM cotton, in particular, has been grown in Australia for three years and now accounts for 30% of Australias cotton crop.

But concern is growing. The Australia and New Zealand Food Authority will rule in the next few months on the safety of GM insecticide-resistant cotton, corn, canola and Bt corn.

The Australian and New Zealand Food Standards Council voted last December to require the labelling of GM food.

There are now calls from a variety of state government and Commonwealth government bodies to streamline the control of GM products.