Genetically Modified (GM) Crops Legislation Change

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The moratorium on growing Genetically Modified (GM) crops in South Australia was lifted by the state government on 15 May 2020, except for Kangaroo Island.

For a short time, local councils can make a request to the Minister for Primary Industries & Regional Development to designate our council area as a non-GM crop area. If the Minister grants this status this would mean no GM crops could be grown in the district. However, if the Minister refuses the application then GM crops would be allowed to be grown in the district.

The state government has told us this is a once-off opportunity.

When making a decision, the Minister will only consider evidence related to the trade and marketing impact of GM crops.

This includes whether or not local food producers and manufacturers can demonstrate that their capacity to market and export their product would be affected by our area’s GM status, particularly those businesses who might be positively or negatively impacted by lack of or otherwise, of a GM Free Zone in the Adelaide Hills Council district.

The state government has advised that any councils who prepare a request to the Minister must complete community engagement which is directed at people engaged in primary production activities and food processing or manufacturing activities.

Your input

This is your opportunity to tell us your thoughts and experience regarding the trade and marketing impact of GM crops in our survey.

You are also welcome to email submissions or reports you believe will provide relevant evidence to engage@ahc.sa.gov.au with the subject 'GM Crops'.

Responses will be collated and summarised and presented in a report to help Council decide on whether or not we will make a request to the Minister for our region to be a non-GM crop area. Your name, business name (if applicable) and a summary of your comments will be provided to the Minister and may be made publicly available.

Please note that if you have feedback about GM crops that does not relate to trade and marketing we will still collect your feedback, however it will not be relevant to an application to the Minister.

Note that Council has had a Policy position since 2012 seeking that the Adelaide Hills Council is a GM free area. However as a result of the state government lifting the moratorium on growing Genetically Modified (GM), the aforementioned Policy requires a review and your feedback will influence how this policy is reviewed.

Click here to take the survey.

Share your thoughts:

The moratorium on growing Genetically Modified (GM) crops in South Australia was lifted by the state government on 15 May 2020, except for Kangaroo Island.

For a short time, local councils can make a request to the Minister for Primary Industries & Regional Development to designate our council area as a non-GM crop area. If the Minister grants this status this would mean no GM crops could be grown in the district. However, if the Minister refuses the application then GM crops would be allowed to be grown in the district.

The state government has told us this is a once-off opportunity.

When making a decision, the Minister will only consider evidence related to the trade and marketing impact of GM crops.

This includes whether or not local food producers and manufacturers can demonstrate that their capacity to market and export their product would be affected by our area’s GM status, particularly those businesses who might be positively or negatively impacted by lack of or otherwise, of a GM Free Zone in the Adelaide Hills Council district.

The state government has advised that any councils who prepare a request to the Minister must complete community engagement which is directed at people engaged in primary production activities and food processing or manufacturing activities.

Your input

This is your opportunity to tell us your thoughts and experience regarding the trade and marketing impact of GM crops in our survey.

You are also welcome to email submissions or reports you believe will provide relevant evidence to engage@ahc.sa.gov.au with the subject 'GM Crops'.

Responses will be collated and summarised and presented in a report to help Council decide on whether or not we will make a request to the Minister for our region to be a non-GM crop area. Your name, business name (if applicable) and a summary of your comments will be provided to the Minister and may be made publicly available.

Please note that if you have feedback about GM crops that does not relate to trade and marketing we will still collect your feedback, however it will not be relevant to an application to the Minister.

Note that Council has had a Policy position since 2012 seeking that the Adelaide Hills Council is a GM free area. However as a result of the state government lifting the moratorium on growing Genetically Modified (GM), the aforementioned Policy requires a review and your feedback will influence how this policy is reviewed.

Click here to take the survey.

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