Tasmania, the most southern part of Australia was founded as a dumping ground for the most hardened criminals, but separated from the mainland, it is one of the cleanest places on earth and the only state to be GM free. It has become known for top of the range agriculture, especially prime Aberdeen Angus meat for Japan.
But this is under threat as the island also produces the majority of the world’s poppies for pharmaceutical pain killers. Big pharma wants to grow GM poppies, so is lobbying for the ban on GM to be lifted.
Australia is now the world’s 3rd largest exporter of prime beef, as agriculture takes over from the waning mining industry.