November 25, 2004, ABC News Online - Australia,
CropChoice.com: A farming group says Australia's
first commercial genetically engineered (GE) canola
crop is not only a failure, it also threatens the viability
of the organic produce industry.
The Network of Concerned Farmers (NCF) says aerial
photographs show most of the nine hectares of plantings
at Lucindale and Naracoorte, in south-eastern South
Australia, have died because of water logging.
NCF spokesman Geoffery Carracher says his concern is
that flooding has carried GE seeds into the surrounding
area. He says contamination would destroy the local
organic industry which must be 100 percent GE-free.
"Pierre Aprisol, who owns land at Minemae, Frances
and Lucindale, is converting 10,000 hectares to organic...he
feels very strongly against the release of GE crops
because it can ruin what he's trying to do and any other
organic grower in Australia," he said.