Biotechnology and GM delivery
Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF) recognises the potential productivity benefits of pastures and feeds that are genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and the need to innovate to remain globally competitive. ADF supports dairy farmers’ rights to choose between GMOs and conventional technologies. ADF supports current research and development of GM ryegrass, noting its future use will depend on commercialisation and market considerations.
Gene technology is a tool that has been used for over twenty years, and is an extension of selection and breeding that can deliver improvements to crops which traditional breeding cannot achieve. Current work on GM ryegrass has potential for increased yield and energy provided by the pasture.
Alongside supporting dairy farmers’ rights to use genetically-modified (GM) technology, ADF also supports coexistence, which is the concurrent cultivation of conventional, organic, identity preserved and GM technologies. This recognises that GM technology should not infringe on the rights of a conventional farmer, but equally, that a farmer’s right to use GM technology should not be infringed upon by regulations imposed without basis in science.
ADF endorses the Australian regulatory system – the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) – its science-based approach and robust risk analysis, ensuring the safety of GM products.
In addition, ADF will continue to monitor and lead agri-political opportunities to promote gene technology developments, the progress of the Dairy Future CRC’s GM ryegrass research through to commercial delivery, community perceptions, dairy company positions, and state and federal policy and regulatory settings.
- Support dairy farmers’ choice in production methods to utilise systems which best suits their needs, farm land, farming system and customer requirements.
- Monitor gene technology developments, progress of the Dairy Futures CRC work on GM ryegrass, community perceptions, dairy company positions, and State and Federal regulatory settings and support developments for the benefit of farmers.