So it looks like the international corporate might of “Big G.M.” is back, and attempting to influence the SA Liberal government to lift the moratorium on genetically modified crops.

As a member of the Gene Ethics Network, I have studied this issue for 25 years and have a large library of research books on the subject.

Any so-called “independent research” has been very thin on the ground, but one study uncovered serious negative problems with animals which were fed on GM food. This included cancer, liver failure and sterility.

Most research has been done by the giant vested interests which of course, has found no problems, and I understand that the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator does no research itself.  It just accepts what the industry tells it. How can it then find GM organisms to be “safe” or not ?

Haven’t we learnt from the serious cross-contamination problems that occurred in Western Australia where an organic grower was irreversibly contaminated by his neighbour’s GM crop ?  I do not want this to happen to my own 4 hectare property that has not had a chemical put on it for thirty years.  How do you stop the wind, the rain and bees from spreading GM organisms ? You can’t.

Why are the economic arguments being put forward by Grain Producers SA  in complete contrast to a massive amount of research in my library ? Who paid for the “pro-GM “ Anderson investigation ?  How many European Union countries have banned GM crops, and why has Russia also done the same ? There are obviously issues here that are being kept from we, the people, the vast majority of whom have decided that they do not want to eat GM food.

It is my opinion that giant biotech companies are trying to patent staple food supplies in order to make billions of dollars ?  The patented, non- reusable seeds are very expensive and many farmers in countries like India have found that out to their peril. Suicides have occurred as a result. As weeds have become resistant to chemicals, stronger and stronger ones are needed, not less. I wonder how many chemical sales companies are pushing this GM proposal ?

To say that this whole agenda is unconscionable, is , in my view, an understatement.

Alex Hodges

Box 228

Birdwood 5234