|April 1, 2004,
just-food.com: Australia will not conduct commercial
size trials of genetically modified crops, reported Agence
France Presse. Biotechnology giant Monsanto lost its bid
for a commercial-scale trial of GM canola after objections
from Australia’s monopoly wheat exporter AWB.
NSW Agriculture Minister Ian Macdonald said AWB had
voiced concerns that the country’s wheat export
market could be negatively affected by the trial.
"AWB is the largest exporter by a significant
factor, we have to be very careful we don't upset their
markets," Macdonald was quoted by AFP as saying.
Monsanto said it was extremely disappointed with the
decision, reported SunStar.com. "The biggest losers
are NSW farmers and the environment in which they farm,"
Monsanto executive director Claude Gauchat said.