GM-free Protest Rally - Australia
ALP State Conference
Saturday May 24, 8am - 9.30am
World Convention Centre
Spencer Street, Melbourne
(Melway ref: Map 1A, A11)
Tell Brumby, Rudd and ALP delegates: "stop force-feeding Australians GM canola - in our foods and on farms."
We want to stay GM-free!
Extend the GM bans!
Gene Ethics Media Release 24/5/08
Brumby trashes Victoria's GM-free status
"The Office of the Premier of Victoria and his government are both members of the Global Biotechnology Industry Organisation based in Washington DC, USA that promotes the interests of GM companies like Monsanto and Bayer," says Gene Ethics Director, Bob Phelps.
"There is a clear conflict of interest with the government being a full member of a corporate industry organization.
"Brumby said that Victoria would benefit by just $15 million a year when he announced the state's GM ban would end.
"But Canadian experience shows that over 90% of the income from GM canola will go into the coffers of GM giants as higher seed costs, technology use fees and end point royalties, while farmers will reap little and the price of food will not fall at all.
"Our community will bear the extra costs, risks and hazards of GM crops and foods while GM companies laugh all the way to the bank.
"Brumby and company must extend the GM ban for another five years before GM canola contamination ends our GM-free status forever," Mr Phelps concludes.
Comment: Bob Phelps 03 9347 4500 M: 0449 769 066.
Biotechnology Industry Organisation
Name, City, State/Country
AusBiotech, Ltd Malvern, Australia
Australian Stem Cell Centre Monash University LPO, Australia
Benitec Limited Hawthorn East, Australia
Bio Innovation SA - South Australia, Adeliade, Australia
Biotron Limited Canberra, Australia
ChemGenex Pharmaceuticals, Ltd Waurn Ponds, Australia
CSIRO, Canberra, Australia
Dimerix Bioscience Pty Ltd Nedlands, Australia
Environmental Biotechnology CRC, Pty, Ltd, Eveleigh, Australia
Glaxosmithkline Australia Pty Ltd, Boronia, Australia
Government of Victoria - Melbourne, Australia
Griffith Hack, Melbourne, Australia
Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia
iCeutica, Inc, Mt. Hawthorn, Australia
IMBcom Pty, Ltd Brisbane, Australia
Implicit Bioscience Pty, Ltd Toowong, Australia
Institute of Health & Biomedical Innovation, Kelvin Grove, Australia
Johnson & Johnson Research Pty Limited Strawberry Hills, Australia
Mimetica Pty Ltd , St Lucia, Australia
Nanotechnology Victoria, Ltd Clayton, Australia
Neurosciences Victoria, Ltd Carlton South, Australia
NewSouth Innovations Pty Ltd Sydney, Australia
Office of The Premier of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
Peplin Limited, Brisbane, Australia
Phosphagenics Ltd Melbourne, Australia te
QRxPharma Ltd, North Sydney, Australia
Queensland Clinical Trials Network, Inc, Brisbane, Australia
Queensland Government of Australia, Brisbane City East, Australia
Select Vaccines, Ltd, Melbourne, Australia
Special Phage Services Pty, Ltd Sydney, Australia
Virax Holdings, Ltd, Kew, Australia We
Xenome Limited, Brisbane, Australia