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Type: Conference item
Title: Grain growers' perspectives on genetically modified organisms (GMOs)
Author: Smart, A.
Bray, H.
McLean, M.
Able, A.
Citation: New directions for a diverse planet : Proceedings of the 4th International Crop Science Congress, 26 September - 1 October, 2004: 5p.
Publisher: The Regional Institute Ltd
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Issue Date: 2004
ISBN: 1920842209
Conference Name: International Crop Science Congress (4th : 2004 : Brisbane, Australia)
Editor: Fischer, T.
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Alexandra Smart, Heather Bray, Michael McLean and Amanda J. Able
Abstract: A survey of grain growers in South Australia was performed late 2003 to determine what educational needs the Molecular Plant Breeding CRC (MPBCRC) might be able to fulfil. The surveys also provided insight into grain growers’ perspectives as they relate to regulation of GMO technology and the risks and benefits of that technology. The main sources of information for growers were radio and newspaper with their trust of information being placed in scientists independent of commercial companies. A major concern of the growers was the difficulties in GMO segregation, potential contamination and the related liabilities they might face. Market access and possible consumer rejection were also drivers to ensure support for a moratorium on GM crops. However, growers acknowledged that increased pest control with less input would be advantageous in GM crops. Growers felt that they were adequately informed about GM technology, but that the public was poorly informed. Educational needs identified included a greater awareness of regulatory procedures and more information on the actual risks of GMOs.
Keywords: Genetically modified crops
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