GE-free great fit, says Green

Written By miftah nugraha on Selasa, 25 Juni 2013 | 19.55

A REVIEW of Tasmania's GMO-free status will begin next month.

Releasing the terms of reference today, Deputy Premier Bryan Green said the review would give all stakeholders the chance to have a say before the existing moratorium on genetically engineered crops expired in November 2014.

"The moratorium has served Tasmania well and we believe it should be continued," he said in a statement.

"Being GMO-free is a great fit with the Tasmanian brand and is vital to our success in discerning domestic and international markets.

"The current policy aims to position Tasmanian in the global marketplace as a producer of food that is genuinely GMO-free.

He said the review would be completed by the end of this year.

The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment will call for submissions and report against the following terms of reference:

  1. The potential market advantages and disadvantages of allowing or not allowing the use of gene technology in Tasmanian primary industries, including food and non-food sectors;
  2. Domestic and international gene technology policy relevant to primary industries;
  3. Research and development relevant to the use of gene technology in primary industries;
  4. Any other relevant matters raised during the review.

The Tasmanian Greens urged all Tasmanians who supported and relied upon the state's clean, green and GE-free brand to get involved in the review.

"Our GE-free status, current markets and future opportunities rely on it," Greens primary industries spokesman Kim Booth said.

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