Tasmania is becoming a supplier of choice when it comes to the GM-free grain market.
Japanese trading company Kanematsu Corporation has imported 1500 tonnes of Tasmanian canola seed this year, and it wants more, for a Tasmanian-branded non-genetically modified cooking oil .
New business development manager Steven Fairbrother says Tasmania is filling a niche for GM-free canola and he’s started talking to farmers about growing non-GM soya beans.
"It’s down to the consumer. If they don’t want GM canola, you can’t force GM canola on them, and customers are willing to pay for it in Japan still, surprisingly."