Japan tells Australia ‘No’ GMO

November 12, 2007

The No! GMO Campaign, an alliance of Japanese consumer and farmer groups representing 2.9 million Japanese consumers,  met with State Government officials last week in South Australia, Victoria and NSW.

The group used the opportunity to express fears about GM food products, and presented a petition signed by 155 Japanese organisations that represented the 2.9 million Japanese consumers.

Campaign spokesman, Ryoko Shimizu, said the group’s major concern was with food safety.

“We Japanese consumers are now standing at a critical crossroads in assuring our food safety,” Mr Shimizu said.

“Australia is the only country that can supply GM-free canola to food-importing countries like Japan. If the moratoria are lifted it would damage the reputation of Australian crops in Japan and Japanese consumers would stop buying Australian crops.”

GM canola has been approved by the Australian federal government but banned by the individual states. Several Australian states are now considering whether to lift their bans.

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