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GM Issues – 2009 and earlier

GRDC and frost event – Letter to Editor – Farm Weekly, WA – 19 November 2009

Bill Crabtree, B.Ag.Sci., M.Sci., Farmer, Conservationist & Agronomist
It is pleasing that GRDC see frost as an important issue. I note that Neil Young is taking much of the credit for the recent GRDC event that gathered together those with an understanding of frost. I am disappointed that Neil’s invitation list did not include anyone from the WA group who tried to launch a project on frost tolerant wheat.

GM wheat response – Opinion or Letter to Editor – 21 July 2009

Bill Crabtree, B.Ag.Sci., M.Sci., Farmer, Conservationist & Agronomist
GM wheat will happen, and the sooner the better! Those that get the jump on the rest of the world with this technology will make the first stronger dollars. In contrast to the Flat Earth Society, I believe it should be us rather than the Russians, who have the world’s largest gene store bank at the Vavilov Institute (www.vir.nw.ru/), with “Its global gene collection representing plant diversity encompassing 320,000 accessions of 155 botanical families, 2,532 species of 425 genera.” To infer that the Russia and Ukrainians, with their fertile soils, will only get into GM wheat on our Western coat tails is either misleading or naive.

Beware of the pseudo greens – like Greenpeace – 28 October 2009

Bill Crabtree, B.Ag.Sci., M.Sci., Farmer, Conservationist & Agronomist
Could Greenpeace actually be fighting against the environment? Is it possible that Greenpeace has a greater desire to maximise their own profits than do the best thing for the environment and the community in general? Could they be trying to scare well-meaning people on the street in order to attract donations? Indeed, is Greenpeace a multinational? Or worse still could Greenpeace be obstructing the truth?

Response to GM concerns – 28 February 2009

Bill Crabtree, B.Ag.Sci., M.Sci.
GM canola has shown how powerful it will be for weed control and improved yields at the WA Crop Updates last week in many presented papers. Of the 380 people in attendance, which included leading agronomists and farmers, Department staff, interstate experts and some of WA’s best scientists, the mood with GMs was: “it’s about time we stopped talking about it and just got on with it.” There were no dissenters on GMs at this most powerful agricultural event. This tone contrasts the regular paranoia that comes through the newspapers each week. So why is there such a contrast in views?

Misleading comments – 22 August 2008

Bill Crabtree, B.Ag.Sci., M.Sci.
Yet again Julie Newman puts together throw-away comments that are just not true and have no credibility. It is sad that she seems either not capable of, or willing to, learn from the world’s best in plant breeding and agronomy. Julie for four years I have been asking you to visit typical farmers in Canada, USA, South America and Spain to test you GM assertions. Sadly, this request is to no avail and yet you still speak with such “authority”.

What has GM canola done in Canada for weed control and profit? – 21 October 2007

Bill Crabtree, B.Ag.Sci., M.Sci.
Over 90% of canola presently grown in western Canada is resistant to glyphosate, glufosinate, or imidazolinone herbicides, with cultivars resistant to glyphosate dominating the market...

Bt corn reduces serious birth defects – website article – 27 October 2007

Oct 27, 2004 9:12 AM, By Bruce Chassy and Drew Kershen
See website article

Some Ethics and facts are needed in GM views – 18 Mar 2007

Bill Crabtree, B.Ag.Sci., M.Sci.
My advice to Bob Phelps and those who think like him (Debb Schmetzer, Helen Wallace, Rebecca Harrison, Samantha Dunn, Peter Hill, Wendy Radford, C Moore, Leslie Dalzeil, J Harrison and Jennifer Chadwick) is that they visit some GM crops and talk to farmers who grow GM crops before they encourage more fear with GM crops.

Little learnt from world class scientist – 27 Feb 2007

Bill Crabtree, B.Ag.Sci., M.Sci.
Dear Sir, I feel for the world class and respected scientist Dr John O’Donovan who was the keynote speaker at the Crop Updates recently. The Farm Weekly reporter seemed to have missed the important points that John was raising and converted his speech into a “snigger”.

Weed control opportunities with GM canola – 17 January 2005

Bill Crabtree, B.Ag.Sci., M.Sci.
Australia’s agricultural profitability and sustainability is being threatened by weeds proliferating and becoming resistant to many different herbicide groups…

$170 million annual loss for rejecting GE canola for WA! – 19 October 2004

Bill Crabtree, B.Ag.Sci., M.Sci.
Why has the innovative WA state been so easily bluffed into believing that Canadian farmers are fools for wholeheartedly embracing genetically engineered (GE or GM) canola?…

I’m Back! – 23 September 2004

Bill Crabtree, B.Ag.Sci., M.Sci.
Along with 43 other farmers and scientists, from all over southern Australia, I recently saw first-hand numerous GM crops in Canada and the United States…

GM Canola - Invaluable Tool Withheld – 19 July 2004

Bill Crabtree, B.Ag.Sci., M.Sci.
I am forever grateful to WANTFA and the Department of Agriculture for my 1996 job exchange to Canada. This visit gave me life-long friends whose opinions I hold very highly, many of whom I will re-visit in August 2004…

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