GMO canola escapes Australian quarantine

Australia lifted a moratorium on use of genetically modified canola in March, 2008, and already it has escaped from containment in the southern area of the state of New South Wales, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The Herald quotes farmers as saying they are growing GMO canola “whether we want to or not.” They are concerned that their commercial status as GMO-free growers will be compromised after canola matching Monsanto’s patented GMO seed was found growing beside a highway and at other locations.

Better Farming - November 2009