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Green Principles on GMOs and the herbicides used to manage them.

Principles

The Australian Greens believe that:

  1. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs), their products, and the chemicals used to manage them may pose significant risks to natural and agricultural ecosystems.
  2. GMOs have not been proven safe to human health.
  3. Scientific evidence produced independently from the developers and proponents of the GMO must be undertaken and form the basis for assessing and licensing of GMOs. GMO assessments must be broad, independent and scientifically robust.
  4. The precautionary principle must be applied to the production and use of GMOs.
  5. Living organisms such as plants, animals and micro-organisms are not inventions. Patents on life are unethical and against the public interest.
  6. The Australian government must prohibit the use of ‘terminator’ technologies (Gene Use Restriction) that prevent seeds from germinating when planted.
  7. Farmers and consumers have a right to grow and consume non-GMO foods.
  8. Everyone has a right to know if foods contain any ingredients made using GM techniques, through the comprehensive labelling of those products.

Aims

The Australian Greens want:

  1. A moratorium on the release of GMOs into the environment until there is an adequate scientific understanding of their long term impact on the environment, human and animal health. This includes the removal as far as possible of all GMOs from the Australian environment and food supply while the moratorium is in place.
  2. Mandatory clear and obvious labelling of all foods containing any ingredient, additive, processing aid or other constituent produced using GMOs.
  3. A ban on patenting all living organisms, including plants, animals and micro-organisms, and naturally occurring DNA code sequence information.
  4. A rigorous peer-reviewed approach to assessing and licensing of GMOs which sets objective benchmarks, standards and quality assurance systems in advance of the use and release of GMOs.
  5. A strengthened, transparent, precautionary regulatory and monitoring system which prevents GMO contamination.
  6. Assessment and research processes that ensures GMOs are safe for the environment, and that derived foods are safe for consumption.
  7. Fulfilment by Australia of its responsibilities under the Convention on Biological Diversity. This includes signing and ratifying the Cartagena Biosafety Protocol on the safe international transfer, handling and use of living modified organisms.
  8. Certification of all imported seed, food and other products as GM or GM-free through stringent independent testing.
  9. Balanced, accurate, complete and high quality information to be made available to the public, on the environmental, economic and social aspects of the genetic manipulation of living organisms.
  10. Publicly funded agricultural research and development to prioritise sustainable production methods not genetic manipulation.
  11. Legal liability for adverse effects arising from planting, harvesting, distribution, sale of GMOs to lie with growers using GMO and licence holders.

 

 

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From our Organic Certifier.

Australian Organic taking action for farmers and consumers on GMOs
Australian Organic will always fiercely defend our members’ organic farming activities, be a leader in protecting consumer interest and deliver non GMO organic products.

Over past weeks some potentially libellous and patently wrong claims have suggested we want to permit GMOs in organic. This is ironic given our organisation is at the forefront of ensuring that organic products remain non GMO.

These changes DO NOT allow for GMOs to be present in any certified organic products or crops. These changes simply allow for us to protect our farmers should a situation arise.

GMOs have no part in organic farm systems. This is etched into each and every organic standard worldwide.

We deliver on this via our audits, testing, and occasionally in decertifying products not found to be in compliance with this. This will continue with a zero tolerance for GMOs in Australian Certified Organic products that consumers purchase.

The growing presence of GMOs in Australia has forced our industry to begin to face what is unfortunately common internationally. Our local farmers are now facing the potential for genetic flow of GMOs onto their own farm system.

Australian Organic is fighting to ensure our standards remain:

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