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Greenpeace anti-GM campaign doomed

By Jennifer Marohasy - posted Monday, 15 August 2005


“Three months,” she replied, again with some pride.

I reckon, that if Greenpeace can’t get a Woollies store manager interested in their campaign, they have more or less lost it. Then again Greenpeace could never honestly claim to have been running a “Keep Australia GE free” campaign because there has been GM product on the supermarket shelves for longer than the campaign has been running.

Greenpeace campaigning has, however, successfully and significantly reduced the competitiveness of Australian canola growers. Indeed GM crops offer the only real solution to continued high agricultural productivity and cost competitive food and fibre production. The ideological opposition to the commercial production of GM food crops is extremely damaging to our farm sector.

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I can buy donuts made from GM soy at my local supermarket and I can be sure that the soy is imported - that I am not buying Australian-grown.

It really is time for Greenpeace to move on and accept the opportunities presented by the new GM technology - accept that their campaign is doomed.

I would join Greenpeace in a campaign for a new Australian GM beer. A large Australian brewer already has the technology to produce a special low calorie GM beer. If I could drink diet beer, I might feel less guilty eating the six donuts.

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