Biotech Updates

Independent Review of South Australia's Moratorium on GM Crops Now Underway

September 26, 2018

An independent review of South Australia's moratorium on the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) food crops is underway and will be led by Emeritus Professor Kym Anderson AC. The current South Australian GM food crop moratorium exists for trade and market access purposes.

The review will assess the available evidence on the market benefits of South Australia's moratorium on the commercial cultivation of GM crops. It will also quantify where possible the economic costs and benefits of maintaining, modifying, or removing the moratorium, not limited to but including on-farm impacts, food manufacturing, supply chain costs and impacts on research and development investment in South Australia.

The review aims to better understand different perspectives and the moratorium's current and future economic impact. Once completed, the review will enable better informed policy decisions regarding GM food crops in South Australia.

For more details, read the news article from the Waite Agricultural Research Institute.