Non-GM crops

Legislation strictly regulates genetically modified (GM) crops in South Australia.

In addition, any plant or plant material that forms part of a GM food crop grown outside South Australia is not permitted to enter our state.


South Australia’s non-GM status can provide our agricultural, food and wine producers a point of difference in the global marketplace.

The state’s non-GM status adds value to the quality of our state’s premium food and wine from our clean environment.

South Australia currently markets products including canola and honey with non-GM status as a key feature. A number of food businesses also market their products as being produced from non-GM ingredients.

The Government of South Australia has committed to keeping its GM ban and regulations in place at least until 1 September 2019.

Recently, The University of Adelaide was commissioned to undertake a research project to investigate and determine the market opportunities for South Australian non-GM food products.

The report, Identification and Assessment of Added-Value Export Market Opportunities for Non-GMO Labelled Food Products from South Australia (PDF 10.8 MB) outlines global trends and opportunities for our State’s food and beverage producers to capitalise on our non-GM status.

Trends in this report indicate growing global demand for non-genetically modified foods, which provides significant opportunities for South Australia.


Executive Summary (PDF 1.1 MB)
Full Report (PDF 10.8 MB)

Page Last Reviewed: 20 Jul 2016
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