Volume 9 Number 1, March/April 1999, pp. 21-33
Consensus Conference on Gene Technology in the Food
ABA Media Release - 17 March 1999
Biotechnology - the Public's Need to Know
The Lay Panel of the recent First Australian Consensus Conference on Gene
Technology in the Food Chain highlighted the need to promote greater public awareness
about gene technology and its use in a range of products and services.
Dr Anne Campbell, President of the Australian Biotechnology Association (ABA),
applauds this recommendation.
"People who are better informed about gene technology and the risks and benefits
associated with its applications will be better able to decide for themselves whether they will
buy and use food and medicines made by it - and also whether they will feel comfortable
with the use of the technology in agriculture for growing crops, in cleaning up the
environment, in reducing the numbers of feral animals as well as to produce safer
medicines", Dr Campbell said.
Copyright 1999 Australian Biotechnology Association Ltd.