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GE Crop Ban May Spread Across Australia

AAP NEWSFEED
March 23, 2004, Tuesday

Tasmania to follow Western Australia in GMO ban

HOBART, AUSTRALIA

Tasmania will follow Western Australia in banning genetically-modified (GM)
food crops.

WA, the nation's biggest crop producing state, yesterday became the first to
introduce an outright ban on GM crops.

Most other states have moratoriums in place.

WA Premier Geoff Gallop said the decision would ensure WA farmers were able
to continue marketing GM-free produce and seek out new markets with
confidence.

Tasmanian Primary Industries Minister Steve Kons today said legislation to
ban genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) would be introduced to state
parliament next month.

It will still allow non-food GM crops to be grown for research under strict
conditions.

"Tasmania was the first state to introduce a moratorium on GMOs, and the
Genetically Modified Organisms Control Bill 2004 is designed to underpin the
market advantages we believe the moratorium has delivered," Mr Kons said in
a statement.

"The extension by five years of the moratorium (in 2003) showed the
government is serious about its responsibilities to give Tasmanian producers
the best chance in national and international markets.

"The new legislation will also be available to deal with GM animals if the
need arises."