#Science & Technology
Queensland Government

The Tablelands GeneEthics Network formed 18 months ago with the aim of freezing the growth of gene modified crops across the Atherton Tablelands region of North Queensland for a period of 5 years.

In this time a moratorium can allow for proper investigation of the affects of Gene Modified crops in relation to health, environment & industry.

A forum held in Atherton on the 26 March 2001 drew an audience of close to 500 residents to listen to speakers from the Organic farming association, Queensland DPI, Monsanto & Consumer food network.

A questionnaire on the night showed that 89% of attendees agreed to a 5 year moratorium on the Atherton Tablelands.

We the undersigned petition:

A minimum five you freeze on release into the environment of genetically engineered organisms (GEOs) - crops microbes or animals - for research or commercial purposes; imports of genetically engineered foods and GEOs; patents on living organisms.

The Freeze would remain in force until the following are established:

1. An Office of Gene Technology Regulator and national laws on GEOs;

2. Mandatory labels on all foods produced using gene technology;

3. A Biosafety Protocol to ensure safe international transport and use of GEOs;

4. GE free zones where GEO-free crops can be grown without genetic pollution;

5. Independent research showing GEOs are harmless to health and environment;

6. Adverse reactions registers where the public can report any illness from GEOs;

7. A strong, enforceable liability and insurance regime on GEO products;

8. Everyone fully informed on GEOs, leading to democratic decisions on GEO use.

Your petitioners ask you to legislate for a five year freeze on GEOs.

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The A 5 Year Freeze on Genetic Engineering petition to Queensland Government was written by Georgina Shaddock and is in the category Science & Technology at GoPetition.