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Bayer to get green light for GE canola

(Tuesday, July 22, 2003 -- CropChoice news) -- Kerry-Anne Walsh, The Sun-Herald, 07/20/03 via Agnet: A decision to allow the commercial growing of a genetically engineered crop is expected to be announced by an Australian Federal Government body this week.

The story says that government insiders predict that the Office of Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) will grant chemical giant Bayer a licence to plant GE canola, despite deep divisions within the agricultural community over its safety.

If the OGTR does give the go-ahead, the canola would be the first genetically modified food crop grown for commercial purposes in Australia.

GM cotton is already grown in Queensland and NSW.

The expected decision could be out of step with deep caution among state governments on the controversial issue.