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Poppy growers prepared to launch legal action if GMO moratorium stays

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Poppy growers in Tasmania have said that they are prepared to launch legal action should the state government refuse to lift the ban of GMO crops.

Tasmania holds a strong reputation for non-GM, clean and green food production which has been protected under the moratorium. The moratorium is currently under review as it is due to expire in November next year.

Glynn Williams of the Poppy Growers Association said that poppy growers would consider legal action if the ban is not lifted as they believe that GM poppies would not impact on Tasmania’s food or honey production, ABC Rural reports.

"We're very confident that there are good grounds to challenge a refusal of the permit to grow GM poppies in Tasmania," she said.

In contrast, the Tasmanian Beekeepers Association recently said that thediscontinuation of the moratorium would significantly compromise access to markets in Asia and Europe. The association also went so far to say that they would refuse to pollinate any GM crops.

"One of the vegetable crops that we pollinate will be devastated, because we won't go anywhere near it," said Lindsay Bourke, president of the association.

"We won't go and pollinate if there is a GMO crop alongside that... We will go and produce honey."

 Premier Lara Giddings along with deputy leader Jeremy Rockcliff believes that the GM ban has served Tasmania well and that it should remain.

"We do not believe that we should have GM products grown here in Tasmania," said Giddings.
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