Genetically Modified Crops

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Background

In May 2020, the South Australian Parliament passed legislation which allows genetically-modified food crops to be grown across South Australia, with the exception of Kangaroo Island. Prior to the amendment there was a ban on the cultivation of Genetically Modified (GM) food crops in South Australia.

This legislation also gives Councils in SA a once off opportunity to apply to the Minister for Primary Industries for their Council area to be designated as an area in which no GM food crops may be grown.

Council resolved at its Ordinary meeting of 6 July 2020 that its "in principle" position is that it will not make application to the Minister for the designation of the Council area as an area in which no GM food crops may be cultivated.


Council will consider its final position after seeking the views of people engaged in primary production and food processing or manufacturing activities in the Council area. If you are engaged in these activities, you are invited to undertake the survey to assist Council in making an informed decision.

If no application is made to the Minister by Council, the current ban will be automatically lifted and GM crops will be able to be cultivated in the District Council of Grant area.


As the State Government can only regulate GM food crops where there are risks to markets and trade, if Council submits an application it must be based on the marketing and trade effects of GM food crops. Other matters associated with GM food crops are regulated by Commonwealth legislation.


Find out more

More information on GM food crops in South Australia is available from the following links:

Genetically Modified Crops Management Act 2004(External link)

PIRSA information on GM Crops(External link)

Independent GM Review(External link)


Get Involved

You are invited tell us of any trade and marketing impact of the change in GM status by completing the online survey

To complete the survey online you need to register to get involved. To register to https://yoursaydcg.com.au/register


What happens to your feedback?

All input received will be reported to the Council meeting on 17 August 2020.

The Elected Members will use this information to decide to:

  • apply to the Minister for Primary Industries to remain an area in which no genetically modified food crops can be cultivated or
  • do nothing, in which case, genetically-modified food crops can be grown in the Council area next year

If Council submits an application the Minister makes the final decision and must also undertake six weeks public consultation and must be satisfied that the object of designating an area as a non-GM crop area is for marketing purposes.

SURVEY IS NOW CLOSED

Background

In May 2020, the South Australian Parliament passed legislation which allows genetically-modified food crops to be grown across South Australia, with the exception of Kangaroo Island. Prior to the amendment there was a ban on the cultivation of Genetically Modified (GM) food crops in South Australia.

This legislation also gives Councils in SA a once off opportunity to apply to the Minister for Primary Industries for their Council area to be designated as an area in which no GM food crops may be grown.

Council resolved at its Ordinary meeting of 6 July 2020 that its "in principle" position is that it will not make application to the Minister for the designation of the Council area as an area in which no GM food crops may be cultivated.


Council will consider its final position after seeking the views of people engaged in primary production and food processing or manufacturing activities in the Council area. If you are engaged in these activities, you are invited to undertake the survey to assist Council in making an informed decision.

If no application is made to the Minister by Council, the current ban will be automatically lifted and GM crops will be able to be cultivated in the District Council of Grant area.


As the State Government can only regulate GM food crops where there are risks to markets and trade, if Council submits an application it must be based on the marketing and trade effects of GM food crops. Other matters associated with GM food crops are regulated by Commonwealth legislation.


Find out more

More information on GM food crops in South Australia is available from the following links:

Genetically Modified Crops Management Act 2004(External link)

PIRSA information on GM Crops(External link)

Independent GM Review(External link)


Get Involved

You are invited tell us of any trade and marketing impact of the change in GM status by completing the online survey

To complete the survey online you need to register to get involved. To register to https://yoursaydcg.com.au/register


What happens to your feedback?

All input received will be reported to the Council meeting on 17 August 2020.

The Elected Members will use this information to decide to:

  • apply to the Minister for Primary Industries to remain an area in which no genetically modified food crops can be cultivated or
  • do nothing, in which case, genetically-modified food crops can be grown in the Council area next year

If Council submits an application the Minister makes the final decision and must also undertake six weeks public consultation and must be satisfied that the object of designating an area as a non-GM crop area is for marketing purposes.

SURVEY IS NOW CLOSED

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Submissions close 5.00pm on Wednesday 5 August 2020.

    The Submission Form asks both general questions and those specific to the "in principle" position of the Council, and provides an opportunity for comments.  State Governments can only regulate GM food crops where there are risks to markets and trade, so the input and perspective of our farming businesses are crucial.

    Formal submissions will be provided to Council and will be a publicly available document.

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