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Australian shire council moves to ban transgenic crops

(Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2003 -- CropChoice news) -- ABC Net via Agnet: Bega Valley Shire Council has taken the first step towards making its area a genetically modified (GM) free zone.

Council last night accepted a motion that it should ban the growing of GM crops in the shire.

The move is driven by the Sapphire Coast Producers Association, which has argued the introduction of the crops to the area could undermine the value of local agriculture.

Mayor David Hede says councillors agreed last night, but still have to investigate how far they can go in trying to declare the shire GM-free.