Gene technology Act 2000 review from Guy Izzett

Submission by individual to the Review of the Gene technology Act 2000

Page last updated: 05 August 2011

The use of GMO crops should be banned as soon as possible in all of Australia.
I am sure you are well aware of the health problems experienced in other parts of the world and how GMO crops are being reduced all round the work but I will confine myself to comment on the practical side of GMO in agriculture.
I have been in the pesticide business for the last 35 years and I have never seen anything so stupid as the introduction of GMO crops.
The use of glyphosate on crops will only result in weeds becoming resistant to the chemical.
The use of the Bt's gene in crops like cotton will result in pests that are resistant to this product when selectively used as a spray.
The genes will spread to near by crops and contaminate them. Farmers who have not used to GMO seed but replant from their own contaminated seed may be confronted by the chemical company and charged with illegal use.
There is little evidence that the use of GMO's reduced the cost of production.

So if you do not want every weed in the book to be resistant to glyphosate and atrazine and all caterpillars resistant to BT's then do the right thing and get the GMO seed off the market.

Guy Izzett

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