I have just read of farmers in Western Australia who are entering the second day of their fast at Parliament House today in protest against the Agriculture Minister Terry Redman announcement of 20 sites, covering 850ha, for WA’s first commercial-sized trials of GM canola last month.These trials are going ahead despite 20 shires requesting GM-free status.
The farmers are making a stand because of the long-term implications for WA farmers. This is a last-ditch, desperate measure to stop it.
Shadow agriculture minister Mick Murray said the fight against GM crops would continue but he was concerned that regional residents felt they had to go to such drastic measures to be heard.
Mr Redman said he respected people’s right to protest but the Government was committed to investigating new technology.
Does this sound familiar to you? Who is the Governemnt committed to? Certainly not the majority of the farmers!