The core principle adopted by the Australian grains industry is that co-existence of technologies ensures growers and consumers can exercise their choice to respectively use new production technologies and make consumption choices.
DuPont Pioneer supports market choice and recognizes the importance of encouraging innovation and investment in developing product, grower capability and market access. Coexistence of different agricultural production systems and supply chains are being managed successfully and has become a hallmark of the Australian grains industry. Buyers of Australian canola have unique access to both conventional and genetically enhanced products as a result.
How will biotechnology help the Australian agriculture & environment?
An independent report recently released by UK-based PG Economics found crop biotechnology continues to deliver major economic and environmental benefits.
- GM crops such as GM canola are providing access to the world’s best production technology, lower chemical and pesticide usage, higher yields and improved profitability through the value chain from ‘farm to plate’.
- A global example of proven GM technology over more than 15 years is found in the Canadian grain industry, a key competitor to Australia, where over 90 percent of the canola crop is GM canola.
- “The average Australian farmer growing GM canola had an average net increase in gross margins of US$60.66 per hectare in 2013, which is a national increase of more than US$13 million.”
- “Crop biotechnology innovations have allowed a reduction of the equivalent of 28 billion kilograms of carbon dioxide in emissions from agriculture practices because of innovations allowing reduced fuel usage and additional soil carbon storage from reduced tillage with GM crops.”
- “Plantings on an additional 18 million hectares of land would have been required to maintain current global food production, if not for the availability of GM crops in 2013. Instead, the use of GM crops has alleviated pressure on forests and natural habitat”
Biotechnology will offer more benefits in the future.
Credible, science-based and balanced information on agricultural biotechnology can be a challenge to informed debate and evidence-based decision-making by governments and individuals.
At the 15th annual Science Meets Parliament event in Canberra, the Australian Biotechnology Council of Australia (ABCA) released its second edition of the “The Official Australian Reference Guide to Agricultural Biotechnology”. The Guide presents information on coexistence in farming of both non-GM and GM crops and aims to encourage access and adoption of GM crops and other agricultural biotechnology. Other key topics include the science, performance, safety and regulation of GM crops in addition to the commercial and end user market realities.
Further information on agricultural biotechnology and information on coexistence in farming is available online at www.abca.com.au