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TAS Country : August 26th 2010
10 Tasmanian Country Friday, August 27, 2010 Your Say firstname.lastname@example.org Let's hear from you Send your opinion to Tasmanian Country, 93 Macquarie St, Hobart, Tasmania or e-mail tas.country @ dbl.newsltd .com.au Emailed letters should have Letter to Editor' as their subject. Long letters may be condensed unless they are marked use in full or not at all''. Pollies must make a stance over GMOs Neither the ALP nor the Coalition will act on real community concerns about GM food and farms.' THE Gene Ethics election survey found both major parties are very aware of deep community concerns over genetically manipu- lated organisms (GMOs) on farms and in food. But unlike the Greens, neither the ALP nor the Coalition would commit to strengthening the law or regulatory systems. This complacency over GM threats means the Greens' clear support for GM-free futures and pre- caution on GM food and crops will be crucial if they hold the balance of power in the next Parliament. In contrast to Labor and the Coalition, the Aust- ralian Greens and Socialist Alliance based their ans- wers to our survey ques- tions on their well- developed GM and sustain- able agriculture policies. Green policies support a rural transition in re- sponse to the end of oil and phosphates, and climate change. But the ALP and Libs back industrial farm- ing for export, propped up by Monsanto's GM crops and animals. Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd failed to implement ALP policy on GM in their first term, ignoring the 2007 promise not to ap- prove commercial GM crop releases unless proven safe ''beyond reasonable doubt'. Also in 2007, the ALP conference supported the ''comprehensive labelling of genetically modified food''. The Government broke these promises and also spent $38.2 million to estab- lish the National Enabling Technologies Strategy, which promotes genetic manipulation and nanote- chnology. The ALP letter in re- sponse to the Gene Ethics election survey confirmed that, if re-elected, a Gillard Government would not support the labelling of all foods made using GM tech- niques. The Coalition made no commitment to labelling either. The ALP also says it supports the ''existing ro- bust national framework for managing and regulat- ing GM crops and food'', despite our food regulator (FSANZ) ignoring key evi- dence on GM food safety and approving every GM application, including for some GM foods banned overseas. The ALP and the Co- alition refuse to join the Biosafety Protocol (nego- tiated under the UN Con- vention on Biodiversity), which aims for the safe international transfer, handling and use of GMOs to protect global biodiver- sity. Yet 160 countries are already members of the treaty. Neither the ALP nor the Coalition will act on real community concerns about GM food and farms. BOB PHELPS executive director, Gene Ethics Australia Boatload of old rubbish TONY Abbott and the Lib- erals keep stressing that they will stop the boats. How? Putting up a huge fortified fence? Having the Australian Navy blockade the millions of kilometres to our north with shoot-to- kill orders? It seems to me that the enforcement of world peace is the only way to permanently stop the boats. This so-called policy is not about actually stopping the boats or care and con- cern for the oppressed peo- ple in our region. It's about Tony Abbott and the Lib- eral Party whipping up xenophobia in Australia! BETH MULLER Glenorchy Forest management under threat SUGGESTIONS by the Tasmanian Opposition Leader in his budget reply speech to review the option of separating the wood production activities of Forestry Tasmania from its other management re- sponsibilities must be strongly resisted. While it might appease the environmental lobby, it would be at the expense of good forest management. The Forestry Act rightly de- mands that state forests be man- aged to provide multiple benefits --- wood, water, carbon stores, biodiversity and so on. Simplistically, it might be at- tractive to separate wood pro- duction from the provision of other ecosystem services because it is easy to account for in our current economic models. But it will also polarise forest management because it will con- centrate wood production into those sections of the landscape where it is most profitable and neglect other areas. This suits the environmentalists because their aspirations are met simply by locking forestry out of as much of the forest as possible. Dr Tim Wardlaw, Dr Martin Moroni, Jane Becker, Brenton Jansen, Dr Paul Adams, Peter Pepper, Penny Douglas, Dr Peter Volker, Maria Butcher, Rosi Davis, Murray Kirkwood People of Forestry Tasmania TRIGUARD is a trademark of Merial Limited. TRITON is a registered trademark of Argenta Manufacturing Limited. 2010 Merial Limited. 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