Genetically Modified Canola – Moratorium
Extract from Hansard – Tuesday, 9 March 2010
MS A.S. CARLES (Fremantle) [3.01 pm]: I have a petition signed by 63 people and I certify that it conforms to the standing orders of the Legislative Assembly. It reads as follows —
To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of the Parliament of Western Australia in Parliament assembled.
We, the undersigned, say that as Genetically Modified (GM) canola seeds and pollen cannot be contained the decision to allow commercial growing will invariably contaminate all non-GM crops. If contaminated with GM, non GM farmers will lose their markets, organic farmers will face loss of certification and consumers will not be able to actively avoid GM foods because of current inadequate labelling regulations.
Now we ask the Legislative Assembly to revoke the decision on allowing commercial growing of GM canola in Western Australia and renew the moratorium on GM crops in this State.
[See petition 226.]