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May 19th, 2006, 04:11 AM
The South Australian Dairyfarmers Association says it will support the introduction of genetically modified (GM) pasture grasses if consumers accept them.

A leaked draft report for the Australian Dairy Industry Council recommends introducing GM grass for dairy cows, after research pointing to massive productivity gains from the new technology.

The SA association president, David Basham, says the industry needs to do more investigation. "... We need to keep that research going, we need to make sure that if consumers are ready to move on, we are there ready to adopt," he said. "If the markets are not willing to accept GM products then we as an industry can't accept it and that may be the way it goes."

And there are deeply divided views on GM pastures in Victoria.

May 19th, 2006, 10:20 AM
Trouble is GM sounds like a great idea until you find out what it really is, so I'd imagine without the right information too many people are going to be pro-GM.

May 21st, 2006, 07:33 AM
yes veganrummersam, it sounds like a good idea to dairy farmers if they think it will improve their profits, but it all depends upon whether or not consumers of dairy foods are willing to ingest something doubtful. It is the same with any GM goods anywhere, especially in Europe, where consumers are less willing to go along with GM than, eg, American consumers.