Grain Producers SA welcomes GM review

Sep 14, 2018

Grain Producers SA has today welcomed announcement by the State Government of an independent review into cultivation of genetically modified crops in South Australia.

Chair Wade Dabinett said the review was a long overdue process that would thoroughly examine an evidence-based approach to policy development around GM and its use in South Australia, under the expert guidance of Emeritus Professor Kym Anderson AC.

The announcement by Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Tim Whetstone, was a key focus of his address to the GROWING SA Conference this morning at Hahndorf. 

“This review has long been a part of GPSA policy, and was something we called for in the lead-up to the 2018 State Election in March,” Mr Dabinett said. “We are very supportive of today’s announcement and look forward to providing a submission to the independent review in the coming weeks.

“South Australia is the last mainland state that has placed a ban on the commercial cultivation of GM crops. Our members are becoming increasingly frustrated that they do not have the same opportunities in their farming systems that their interstate counterparts have.

“As a result, GPSA’s policy is that growers should have the freedom of choice to grow the cereal, legume and oilseed varieties that best fit their farming system, which means having access to GM crops.

“Australian grain producers have a long history of innovation and adopting new technology to improve productivity. We need to ensure growers in South Australia have access to all the tools on offer for best practice crop production.

“GPSA’s position is not about picking winning production systems, but rather enabling all producers to have the freedom of individual choice in their own businesses.” 

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