Japan urges Australia to continue GM crop bans
ABC News, October 15 2007
A delegation representing Japanese food buyers has arrived in Australia to lobby state governments to maintain bans on genetically modified (GM) food crops.
Moratoriums on commercial GM food crops in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia are due to expire next year and are currently being reviewed.
If the bans are lifted, genetically modified canola crops could be planted.
Anti GM campaigner Ryoko Shimizu says the delegation represents almost three million Japanese consumers who would not want to buy genetically modified canola.
''Now we import from Australia because of the GMO free status. So I believe it would damage the export market for Australian farmers,'' he said.