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
"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.