Moratorium on the Cultivation of Genetically Modified Crops in South Australia

Committee Details

54th Parliament 03/05/2018 - 19/02/2022
Report tabled 29 October 2019

Committee Function

to inquire into and report on the moratorium on the cultivation of Genetically Modified (GM) crops in South Australia, with specific reference to -
(a) The benefits and costs of South Australia being GM-free for the state, its industries and people;
(b) The effect of the moratorium on marketing South Australian products both nationally and internationally including:
i. Costs and benefits to South Australian industries and markets of remaining GM-free;
ii. Costs and benefits to South Australian industries and markets from lifting the moratorium on cultivating GM crops in South Australia;
iii. Current or potential reputational impacts, both positive and negative, on other South Australian food and wine producers, that may result from retaining or lifting the moratorium;
iv. Consideration of global trends and consumer demands for GM crops/foods versus non GM-crops/foods;
(c) The difference between GM and non-GM crops in relation to yield, chemical use and other agricultural and environmental factors;
(d) Any long term environmental effects of growing GM crops including soil health;
(e) The potential for contamination of non-GM or organic crops by GM crops, including:
i. Consideration of matters relating to the segregation of GM and non-GM crops in the paddock, in storage and during transportation;
ii. The potential impacts of crop contamination on non-GM and organic farmers;
iii. Consideration of GM contamination cases interstate and internationally; and
(f) Any other matters that the Committee considers relevant
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Acknowledgement of Country

The Parliament of South Australia acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional owners of this country throughout Australia, and their connection to land and community. We pay our respect to them and their cultures and to the Elders both past and present.