Public Perceptions of GM Agriculture in Australia (Genetically Modified) Public Perceptions of GM Agriculture in Australia (Genetically Modified)

Public Perceptions of GM Agriculture in Australia (Genetically Modified‪)‬

People and Place 2009, Dec, 17, 4

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Genetically modified (GM) agriculture promises another agricultural revolution, producing more food to feed more people. Its champions-from science, government and industry-celebrate its capacity for higher yields, enhanced nutrition, and lower pesticide use. Its opponents-mostly environmentalists-warn of unintended consequences, such as pesticide-resistant weeds, toxic foods, and reduced biodiversity. To drive the message home, they dub the product of GM agriculture as 'Fran-kenfoods'. In the US the champions of GM agriculture have prevailed. GM agriculture is pervasive, and most Americans now support it. (1) In Europe the opponents of GM agriculture have won the day. There GM agriculture is prohibited, and public opinion is strongly against it. (2) In Australia the battle is poised. GM cotton and carnations have been grown locally since 1996; locally farmed GM cottonseeds provide cooking oil for the fast food industry; (3) processed food imported from the US and elsewhere includes GM ingredients; and in 2003 the Commonwealth Government Gene Technology Regulator (GTR) approved commercial GM canola crops. Yet in the wake of GTR approval, state and territory governments imposed their own moratoria on GM agriculture. (4) This was to 'give time for assessing both market acceptance of GM canola and the costs of keeping GM and non-GM grains separate in the handling and storage process'. (5)

GENRE
Non-Fiction
RELEASED
2009
December 1
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
15
Pages
PUBLISHER
Monash University, Centre for Population and Urban Research
SELLER
The Gale Group, Inc., a Delaware corporation and an affiliate of Cengage Learning, Inc.
SIZE
194.4
KB

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