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OISCC : Reject changes to 5 Year conversion time from GM to organic

03 January 2018

Gene Ethics asks OISCC to reject Australian Organic’s (AO) application1 to delete Section 1.3.4 of the National Standard for Organic and Bio-Dynamic Produce from the Organic and Biodynamic Standard.2 It sets a five-year minimum time for conversion to certified Organic or Biodynamic production, of land where Genetically Manipulated (GM) crops have been grown previously. Section 1.1.12 should also remain.

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Comments: Phase 2, 2017 National Review of Gene Technology Scheme

03 January 2018

Comments on Phase 2 Questions for the 2017 Review of National Gene Technology Scheme. This Review of the Gene Technology Scheme inappropriately elevates other irrelevant matters above the core goals and objectives that all the governments of Australia set for the regime in 2000 – exercising precaution to protect human health, safety and the environment. The questions in Phase 2 go far beyond the brief to review the existing Scheme.

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