|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.