Field trial contamination, Tasmania
90’s to present.
Field trials of genetically modified (GM) canola took place at 57 sites in Tasmania in the late 1990s and in 2000. The trials were conducted by Monsanto Australia and Aventis (now Bayer CropScience) The first audit of former GM canola sites occurred in spring 2001. Since then audits are approximately three times per year.
In 2008, “volunteer” canola plants were found at twelve sites of 53 sites.
The Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) advises that canola seeds can stay viable for up to 16 years. The most recent Tasmanian Audit report was published in November 2012.
Read Audit reports here.