The Commercialisation of Genetically Modified Crops: The Case of Canola in Western Australia

The introduction of genetically modified canola into Australian agriculture is associated with a number of problems. Various concerns are expressed by different groups of stakeholders which include researchers, the agricultural and the biotechnology industry and consumers. The concerns are about gene flow, the development of herbicide resistance in weeds and other adverse environmental and health effects. This study aims to investigate the causes of those concerns and to address possible and relevant solutions. A qualitative survey of Western Australian grain growers involving unstructured face-to-face discussions was conducted. Preliminary results confirmed that there is substantial lack of communication and co-operation among the major groups of stakeholders in the GM crop commercialisation process. Therefore, it is necessary to enhance such communication and co-operation. This will enable to resolve and, if possible, eliminate the concerns.

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