Genetically Modified (GM) Crop moratorium

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The South Australian Government has passed legislation to lift the freeze on Genetically Modified (GM) crops and allow GM crops to be grown on mainland South Australia under changes to the Genetically Modified Crops Management Act 2004.

While the freeze will remain in place indefinitely on Kangaroo Island, in order for it to remain on mainland SA individual councils are required to apply to the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development to retain a GM free status.

Therefore, Council has decided to seek feedback from our community, primary producers and food processors/manufacturers, about the impact (if any) of GM crops in our region, and what level of support there is to remain GM crop free. This feedback will help Council to decide whether to apply to be a designated 'Non-GM crop area'.

Should Council make an application, the final decision to designate The Barossa Council area as a ‘Non-GM crop area’ is at the discretion of the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development.

Please note, as the Minister is only considering how GM crops could impact trade and marketing potential when making a decision on granting 'Non-GM crop area' status views on the health and environmental impacts cannot be considered, and therefore the survey is structured around the potential trade and marketing impacts.

The South Australian Government has passed legislation to lift the freeze on Genetically Modified (GM) crops and allow GM crops to be grown on mainland South Australia under changes to the Genetically Modified Crops Management Act 2004.

While the freeze will remain in place indefinitely on Kangaroo Island, in order for it to remain on mainland SA individual councils are required to apply to the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development to retain a GM free status.

Therefore, Council has decided to seek feedback from our community, primary producers and food processors/manufacturers, about the impact (if any) of GM crops in our region, and what level of support there is to remain GM crop free. This feedback will help Council to decide whether to apply to be a designated 'Non-GM crop area'.

Should Council make an application, the final decision to designate The Barossa Council area as a ‘Non-GM crop area’ is at the discretion of the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development.

Please note, as the Minister is only considering how GM crops could impact trade and marketing potential when making a decision on granting 'Non-GM crop area' status views on the health and environmental impacts cannot be considered, and therefore the survey is structured around the potential trade and marketing impacts.

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