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AFOOD guide produced by
Greenpeace has questioned the safety
of Australian food production.
Truefood Guide 2011 is a children's
edition aimed at informing parents about
Published annually, it earmarks
commonplace foods that either contain
GM ingredients or whose manufacturers
refuse to provide transparent information
regarding the origin of ingredients.
It delivers an assessment system, with
'red light' given to those companies that
"may contain GM products" and those not
using them, a 'green light'.
The impact of this year's guide has been
instant, with Kellogg's joining Snackbrands
Australia in committing to stop using GM
Despite the guide declaring that "fresh
fruit and vegetables are GM-free", it has
drawn criticism from one farming group.
Online discussion site Producers Forum
labelled the Sydney launch of the book,
which included celerity chefs and
personalities, a stunt.
National convener Heather Baldock, a
mother and farmer, said it was astonishing
that food advocates would suggest
Australian farmers were growing unsafe
and untested crops.
"GM crops have been grown, traded and
consumed around the world for 15 years,
allows researchers to alter
one or two genes in a plant's 30,000 genes
to provide the plant with in-built pest and
"All new technologies can present
doubts, but I urge parents across Australia
to look to science-based information on
this topic, not celebrities and costumes,"
Mrs Baldock said.
"Sadly, consumers are moving further
away from our farmgate and their
knowledge of agriculture and food
production is dwindling.
"As an Australian farmer, my priority is
to deliver safe, affordable food in an
environmentally-friendly manner to sustain
"I urge parents to see beyond public
relations stunts and campaigns, and look to
Australia's farming and food producing
history. Farmers produce safe food - that's
Greenpeace GM campaigner Laura Kelly
said food companies knew that Australians
did not want to eat GM, so it made
business sense for those companies to
"assure us GM isn't lurking in their
Food guide fans
new GM debate
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