Genetically Modified Cotton Gets Approval for Northern Australia

GM cotton has got approval for Northern Australia by the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator. The regulators were satisfied that five varieties of GM cotton meant to be herbicide and insect resistant would have minimal impacts on tropical environments. This decision would certainly not benefit the Western Australia’s Kimberley region as the state government has got a moratorium on all GM crops till 2008. Some people say that now nothing would be able to stop farmers in north Queensland from undertaking commercial production when prices move up. At present the commercial prices of cotton are reducing as commercial opportunity does not exist but this variety of cotton is expected to change the trend.

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