Genetically modified (GM) crops

The deadline for councils to apply to become a no GM food crop area was 30 September 2020

Applications have been sent to the GM Crop Advisory Committee. Advice will be provided to the Minister for consideration before a decision is made.

Any successful applications will be published in the South Australian Government Gazette by 15 November 2020.

GM Crops in South Australia

Genetically modified (GM) crops are plants used in agriculture that have had their DNA modified through gene technology. Examples include resistance to certain pests, diseases and herbicides, tolerance to environmental conditions such as drought or frost and increased production of nutrients, such as
omega 3.

Changes have been passed by the South Australian Parliament that will allow GM food crops to be grown in South Australia, except on Kangaroo Island. In addition, Councils were given a once off opportunity to apply to be recognised as an area where no GM food crops can be grown.

Changes to South Australian legislation

The Genetically Modified Crops Management Act is being changed to allow GM food crops to be grown across South Australia, except on Kangaroo Island.

Find out more about the reviews and consultation that informed the changes to the legislation.

Regulation of GM crops

GM crops are regulated under a national scheme by the Gene Technology Regulator, through the Gene Technology Act 2000. This scheme assesses the health and environmental impacts of GM crops before they are approved for use by farmers.

The Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has a number of fact sheets and a list of approved GM crops on their website.

South Australia has regulated GM food crops where there are risks to markets and trade under the Genetically Modified Crops Management Act 2004 and regulations.

More information

Find out more about growing GM crops.

Page Last Reviewed: 20 Jul 2016
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