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GM costs could skyrocket

(Friday, Aug. 30, 2002 -- CropChoice news) -- Australia - Contract grain harvesters are warning that insurance costs will go through the roof, if they have to strip GM canola crops.

Two companies have applied to grow GM canola commercially next year, but Rod Gribble from the Australian Grain Harvesters Association, says the prospect of having to clean down machinery from one farm to the next will be a nightmare.

He says there's no guarantee that there won't be cross-contamination. "If we're going to do some sort of clean down protocol which I would presume is going to happen, now that's going to mean a major clean down. We go to the equivalent of a border crossing clean down, which can take from one and a half, to two days to clean down. Now if we have to do that between every farm or every crop on that farm who's going to pay."