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Genetically Modified Organisms in the Dairy Industry

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The Murray Goulburn dairy company, which produces the Devondale brand of products, is said to be providing feed to their stock that contains 5% genetically modified organisms.

Apparently some GM crops are approved for stock feed in Australia.

In countries where products must be GMO (genetically modified organisms) free, this could mean that our GMO-free status is under question:

http://www.foodanddrinkeurope.com/news/ng.asp?n=80794-murray-goulburn-gm-crops-dairy

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With our GMO free status under review in state parliaments, agribusiness is investigating increased use of GMO's.

Multinationals such as Monsanto stand to benefit from the potential cross-contamination of crops:

"A former canola producer is taking Monsanto to court claiming the chemical giant is not only spreading contamination with its Roundup Ready canola, but is also trying stifle farmerís free speech.

Percy Schmeiser will meet Monsanto in a courtroom Jan. 23 because he says Roundup Ready canola contaminated a 50-acre field he owns and he wants compensation for the cleanup."

http://www.minotdailynews.com/news/articles.asp?articleID=15272

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Posted by battery, Wednesday, 24 October 2007 12:15:42 PM
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We've been through this before, any GMO crop that is being fed to dairy cattle does not alter the GMO-free status of the dairy product.

And Percy Schmeiser lost. Badly.
Posted by Bugsy, Thursday, 25 October 2007 12:19:16 AM
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Hi Battery, the Australian dairy industry routinely feeds Australian cottonseed oil to cattle. GM Cotton in Australia has been grown in Australia since 1996 and fed to dairy cattle for just as long. For almost as long, the Australian dairy industry has been importing GM soybeans, first from the US and more recently from Agentina for feed.

There is nothing new here. Over that time, there has been no negative effect on the trade of Australian dairy products. As for Europe, firstly they buy relatively little dairy from Australia and secondly, there are no boycotts of dairy from cattle fed GM feed. Dairy from cattle treated with rBST is however banned in Europe.

If you want the full story of how Percy Schmeiser planted a thousand acres of Canola that on tecting proved to be 95% Roundup Ready and why Canadian Federal Court Judge MacKay deemed that he had grown canola that he knew, or should have known, was Roundup Ready, you can read the court judgement here http://decisions.fct-cf.gc.ca/en/2001/2001fct256/2001fct256.html
Posted by Agronomist, Friday, 26 October 2007 8:20:17 PM
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