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South Australia Lifts Ban on GMO Crops


Farmers on all mainland South Australia will now be able to grow GMO crops following a decision by David Basher, the Minister responsible for Primary Industries and Regional Development. In announcing the change in State policy Basham stated, "the government has undertaken an exhaustive consultation process on lifting the GMO moratorium. The outcome today importantly gives farmers on mainland South Australia the same choice as those across the rest of Australia".  He added, "by lifting the GM moratorium everywhere except Kangaroo Island we are backing our farmers and researchers to grow the state agriculture sector and create jobs". 


A GM Crop Advisory Committee rejected applications for exemptions based on lack of scientific evidence to support claims that GM crops represented a hazard.