GM seeds germinate at spill site

Source @ ABC News online – 16 August 2011 – By Rebecca Dollery

A farmer near the site of a spill of genetically modified (GM) canola in the Great Southern in Western Australia says the seeds are now germinating.

Last week, a truck carrying more than 15 tonnes of GM canola caught fire on the Albany Highway near Williams in south-west Western Australia, spilling its contents onto the side of the road. The spill has reignited the debate about the State Government’s decision to lift its ban on GM canola last year. Grain transporter Co-operative Bulk Handling issued a statement saying all appropriate protocols had been followed to remove the grain and prevent any contamination.

Narrakine farmer Geoff Reed says he is worried the germinating seeds will contaminate his non-GM oat crop. “Saturday night we had nine [millimetres] of rain and that exposed a lot of seed that has just started to germinate,” he said. “There’s millions of them there, they are spread along about 50 metres of the road-side in the water table.” Mr Reed says it could have an impact on his ability to sell his crop. “It could contaminate my crop, then I can’t sell my crop because it’s contaminated,” he said. “I would like to see whoever is responsible for the clean up to come back and clean it up properly and monitor the site much better than they have done since it happened.”

CBH has been contacted by the ABC for comment.


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