GM crops are crucial for WA’s farming future

    Western Australia grows considerably more GM canola than any other Australian state. Western Australian farmers continue to adopt GM canola varieties at an increasing rate as they recognise the advantages   of   superior   weed   control,   higher   yields   and   greater   on-farm   economic  and environmental benefits.

    Total GM Canola By Year (hectares)

     2009201020112012201320142015
    NSW6%8%7%5%5%9%11%
    VIC13%16%6%3%5%9%13%
    WA0%10%12%13%14%21%30%
    National4%11%9%10%9%14%22%

    * The 2015 total area/national figure represents those states that allow GM canola to be grown (WA, VIC and NSW only)

     

    By State (%)

    Active ConstituentCurrent Group
    Abamectin6
    Acephate1B
    Afidopyropen9D
    Acetamiprid4A
    Allethrin3A
    Alpha-cypermethrin3A
    Aluminium phosphide24A
    Amitraz19
    AzadirachtinUN
    Azamethiphos1B
    Azinphos methyl1B
    Bacillus thuringiensis aizawai11
    Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis11
    Bacillus thuringiensis kurstaki11
    Bacillus sphaericus11
    Bacillus thuringiensis enebrionis
    11

    Beauveria bassiana
    UN
    Bendiocarb1A
    Beta-cyfluthrin3A
    Bifenazate 20
    Bifenthrin3A
    Bioallethrin3A
    Bioresmethrin3A
    Broflanilide30
    Buprofezin16
    Cadusafos1B
    Carbaryl1A
    Carbofuran1A
    Carbosulfan1A
    Chlorantraniliprole28
    Chlorfenvinphos1B
    Chlorfluazuron15
    Chlorfenapyr13
    Chloropicrin8B
    Chlorpyrifos1B
    Chlorpyrifos-methyl1B

    Clitoria ternatea
    extract
    UN
    Clofentezine10A
    Clothianidin4A
    Cyantraniliprole 28
    Cydia pomonella granulosis virus strain V2231
    Cyfluthrin3A
    Cypermethrin3A
    Cyromazine17
    Deltamethrin3A
    Diafenthiuron12A
    Diazinon1B
    Dichlorvos1B
    DicofolUN
    Diflubenzuron15
    Donotefuran4A
    Dimethoate1B
    Emamectin benzoate6
    Esbiothrin3A
    Ethion1B
    Etoxazole10B
    Esfenvalerate3A
    Fenamiphos1B
    Fenbutatin oxide12B
    Fenitrothion1B
    Fenoxycarb7B
    Fenpyroximate21A
    Fenthion1B
    Fenvalerate3A
    Fipronil2B
    Flonicamid9C
    Flubendiamide28
    Flufenoxuron15
    Flumethrin3A
    Gamma-cyhalothrin3A
    Hexaflumuron15
    Hexythiazox10A
    Hydramethylnon20A
    Imidacloprid4A
    Imiprothrin3A
    Indoxacarb22A
    Lambda-cyhalothrin3A
    Lufenuron15
    Magnesium phosphide24A
    Metaflumizone22B
    Maldison (malathion)1B
    Methidathion1B
    Methiocarb1A
    Methomyl1A
    Methoprene7A
    Methoxyfenozide18
    Methyl bromide8A
    Mevinphos1B
    Milbemectin6
    Oxamyl1A
    Omethoate1B
    Permethrin3A
    Phorate1B
    Phosmet1B
    Phosphine24A
    Pirimicarb1A
    Pirimiphos-methyl1B
    Polyhedral occlusion bodies of the NPV of Helicoverpa zea or H. armigera31
    Prallethrin3A
    Profenofos1B
    Propargite12C
    Propoxur1A
    Prothiofos1B
    Pymetrozine9B
    Pyrethrins3A
    Pyridaben21A
    Pyriproxyfen7C
    Spinosad5
    Spinetoram5
    Spirotetramat23
    Sulfoxaflor4C
    Tau-fluvalinate3A
    Tebufenozide18
    Tebufenpyrad21A
    Temephos1B
    Terbufos1B
    Tetradifon12D
    Tetramethrin3A
    Thiacloprid4A
    Thiamethoxam4A
    Thiodicarb1A
    Transfluthrin3A
    Trichlorfon1B
    Triflumuron15
    Zeta-cypermethrin3A

    * The 2015 total area/national figure represents those states that allow GM canola to be grown (WA, VIC and NSW only)

    Source: Australian Oilseeds Federation and Monsanto Australia

     

    FAST FACT

    Greatest uptake of GM canola is in Western Australia, where in 2015 GM canola will represent 30% of the WA canola crop (337,527 ha).

     

    In Australia, we have demonstrated that GM and non-GM canola can be grown side-by-side successfully and productively without creating marketing issues. With several years under our belt of growing GM canola, there has not been one incident across more than 5.6 million tonnes of canola seed delivered domestically, or more than 15 million tonnes delivered internationally, where an end user (seed crusher / oil or meal buyer, or food/feed manufacturer) has not received what they had ordered in terms of the GM status.

    Accessing ready-export markets such as China has been a boon for Australian farming since the Asian nation re-opened its borders to importation of canola in 2013. Since then, 1.75 million tonnes of Australian canola (GM and conventionally farmed) has been sold to China for a value of nearly A$1.1 billion. China is a large importer of GM grain, as evidenced by the 2-3 million tonnes of canola imported from Canada (95% GM) and 60 million tonnes of mostly GM soybeans imported from North and South America per annum. Similarly, Japan is a large user of GM grain, importing around 2 million tonnes each of Canadian canola and US/South American soybeans per year.

    Australian farmers must be allowed to remain competitive. A farmer’s inability to grow approved, safe crops on their land purely because of a neighbour’s ideological opposition to those crops will severely impact Australia’s capacity to remain globally competitive as an agricultural exporter.