Biotech Updates

Tasmania Extends GMO Ban Until 2014

November 28, 2008

Tasmania’s ban on the commercial cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops has been extended for another five years to November 2014. Primary Industries and Water Minister David Llewellyn said that extending the ban would make Tasmania’s primary produce even “more desirable”. Llewellyn further said that the decision by some other Australian States to relax their GM bans has increased the value of Tasmania’s GMO-free status and that creates opportunities for even better access to prime markets across the globe. New South Wales, Victoria, and most recently Western Australia, have all lifted their moratoria on GM crops.

Tasmania however does not prohibit import of non-viable materials derived from GMOs such as feed containing GM soybean meal.

The press release is available at A copy of Tasmania’s GMO Statement can be downloaded at$FILE/Policy%20Statement%20Gene%20Technology.pdf