Industry Comment - Network of Concerned Farmers

Network of Concerned Farmers

A report by Robert Norton (University of Melbourne) on a possible $135 million gain through the introduction of genetically modified canola is seriously flawed.

Dr Norton’s report does not take into account the increased costs of the required coexistence identity preservation system, liability cost increases, testing cost increases and export cost increases.

The report’s estimate of benefits, and of a 10 per cent productivity yield by the use of GM canola, is in direct contrast to the AFFA Productivity Commission report (2002), which showed a researched productivity increase of only 1 per cent, and an increase in costs of at least 10 per cent.

The report appears to be based on uncommon crop models for comparisons and incorrect calculations.

There is no possible way that farmers can benefit with the proposed introduction of GM canola, as the costs and risks far outweigh the supposed benefits.

NCF continues to be concerned about the lack of economic studies, and calls on the Government to assist in funding a fully independent, comprehensive economic analysis of the impact of GM canola on all farmers.

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