Black Angus bulls are pictured at Tasmania's largest cattle feedlot located at Powranna on the outskirts of Launceston June 5, 2014. The feedlot, owned by Japan's Aeon Co Ltd, book an even higher ... more 
Black Angus bulls are pictured at Tasmania's largest cattle feedlot located at Powranna on the outskirts of Launceston June 5, 2014. The feedlot, owned by Japan's Aeon Co Ltd, book an even higher premium thanks to Tasmania's status as the only Australian state that bans genetically modified food crops and animal feed. That moratorium has made Tasmania - an island the size of Ireland separated from Australia's mainland by 250 km (150 miles) of Bass Strait waters - a model of high-end, value-added agriculture production. Once a dumping ground for the British Empire's convicts, Tasmania's isolation, wilderness and low population of just over half a million people has meant that it is one of the cleanest places on earth. But with fewer and fewer places in the world that are free from genetically modified farming and the innovations it brings, the pristine environment is under threat. Picture taken June 5, 2014. To match FEATURE AUSTRALIA-GMO/ REUTERS/David Gray (AUSTRALIA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY ANIMALS BUSINESS) less 
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Reuters | Photo By DAVID GRAY / REUTERS
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