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					                                                                  Albany Advertiser
                                                                  Tuesday 21/04/2009
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                               BY KATE MATTHEWS                                         be proved to have health benefits.
                                                                                         To get to the trial stage, Mark had to
                              WOOGENELLUP farmer Mark Adams is                          complete a strict stewardship program
                              one of the 17 WA farmers pioneering the                   which he said would benefit the industry.
                              trial of genetically modified canola this                   And for Mark, the idea of paying
                              year.                                                     royalties, isn't a new concept.
                               All other farmers' names have been                          "We grow quite a number of seeds that
                              kept quiet but the localities and road                    are well and truly stitched up with patents
                              locations have been made public to ensure                 so we have an obligation to pay royalties
                              transparency.                                             on those seeds as we will have with the GM
                                 Mark told the Great Southern Farmer                    technology so it's not new for us as farmers
                              at the announcement of trial sites the                    to be embedded with that." he said.
                              opportunity would help him compare                          This year, Mark said GM canola seed
                              how the technology performed in his own                   would probably retail for between $9 and
                              paddocks and conditions against other                     $12/kg, which was around the ball park for
                              canola varieties.                                         non-GM canola.
                                With 50ha of Nuseeds GT 61, Mark said                      "In fact, we are growing a hybrid seed
                              he hoped to start seeding by Anzac Day.                   which is not genetically modified that we
                                "GM is just another technology that's                   will pay up to $30 a kilo for, so genetically
                              been around the world for over a decade                   modified seed at $9 to $12 kg could be said
                               and our major competitors are using GM,"                 to be somewhat cheap for the technology,"
                               Mark said.                                               he said. Mark will also pay an end point
                                 "We've got to remain competitive in                    royalty of $12.60 a tonne to Monsanto and
                               Australia and in particularly WA, because                licensing of $3/kg on seed.
                              we are primarily an exporting State and                     As a GM pioneer, Mark said he felt
                              if we can't do that, we can't continue to do              somewhat vunerable being one of the few
                              things that are sustainable, such as tree                 in the State to be growing GM canola but
                              planting," he said.                                       congratulated the Government on letting
                                "It's all about              profitability       and    farmers progress with the `somewhat not
                              sustainability and we think the GM                        new technology'.
                              technology may help to achieve those                        "It's been around for a long time and the
                              goals."                                                   State needs to understand that. There is lot
                                Besides offering a possible way to extend               of GM food consumed around the world
                              the life of chemicals used by farmers,                    and it hasn't done anyone any harm and I
                              Mark said the future for GM technology                    am looking forward to the new technology,"
                              was exciting even to the point where it may               he said.




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                                                                  Tuesday 21/04/2009
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