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MEDIA RELEASE

 

JUDITH TROETH

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

 

AFFA99/83T

14 October 1999

 

HORTICULTURE INDUSTRY DISCUSSES GMOs

 

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Judith Troeth, today congratulated the Horticulture Research and Development Corporation (HRDC) for organising a forum to consider issues to do with gene technology in the Horticulture Industry.

 

"Gene technology and, indeed, biotechnology more generally have the potential to bring enormous benefits to the horticulture industry as long as we manage any risks appropriately," Senator Troeth said.

 

"Forums of this type are very valuable and contribute to good decision making. Industry representatives from the whole supply chain discuss the benefits and risks of the science and get both a regulatory and a consumer perspective.

 

"I see biotechnology as a high priority for research and development across agriculture and am pleased to see the HRDC facilitating such a worthwhile exercise.

 

"It is fair to say that the introduction of genetically modified foods has aroused some community concern and in response there have been calls for a moratorium on further developments in this field.

 

"Such calls may be seen by some as a classic expression of the precautionary principle. The science looking at the long-term effects of such organisms is still developing as is the need to bring about genetic technology".

 

Speakers at the forum will include representatives of the Consumers' Federation of Australia, the Australian Food and Grocery Council and the Genetic Manipulation Advisory Committee as well as Commonwealth government representatives.

 

Senator Troeth said, "I welcome this industry/government cooperation and wish the forum well in achieving its objectives".

 

The forum, being held in Melbourne on 14 and 15 October, has been organised by the HRDC and brings together representatives from many of the industries in the horticulture sector.

 

Senator Troeth said, "The forum also provides the horticulture industry with an opportunity to provide input to the agriculture and food elements of the National Biotechnology Strategy".

 

Further inquiries: Alex Staples - (02) 6277 3002 or 0417 449 921

Website address - www. senatortroeth.affa.gov.au

 

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