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Growing concerns over genetically modified foods in the Pacific

Growing concerns over genetically modified foods in the Pacific

Updated 14 March 2014, 13:10 AEDT

Growing concerns over genetically modified foods and crops in Australia have prompted calls for a freeze on new GM crop and food approvals.

Concerns over GM crops are also gaining momentum in the Pacific.  New Caledonia has recently banned imports of GM cereal and fruit seeds and  local association, GMO Free Pacific is pushing for labelling of GM foods.  

GMO Free Pacific's President Frederic Guerin is concerned about the lack of information about GM seeds in the Pacific.  He says most seeds are imported and farmers do not know whether they are planting hybrids or GM seeds.  

The association is on its way to Vanuatu, following information visits to Fiji and Solomon Islands earlier this year. Guerin also voiced his concerns about Australia's  GM crops and food exports  at the recent  GM Free Australia Alliance annual meeting in Sydney.

 

Reporter: Isabelle Genoux

Speaker: Jessica Harrison, coordinator of GM-Free Australia Alliance; Frederic Guerin, GMO-Free Pacific based in New Caledonia

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