Reviews and Consultation
An independent review of South Australia’s moratorium on the cultivation of GM food crops was undertaken in late 2018 by Emeritus Professor Kym Anderson AC.
The review evaluated the benefits and costs of the GM Moratorium to the South Australian economy and agricultural industries. It received 216 submissions which were considered individually.
A report was released on 20 February 2019 which contained 19 findings.
The review concluded that the moratorium has cost South Australian farmers approximately $33 million, hindered agriculture research and development investments, and had not secured better market access or price premiums for South Australian produce.
It found that segregation and identity preservation protocols ensured the successful coexistence of GM and non-GM crops in Australia.
Evidence also showed that producers on Kangaroo Island were receiving a distinct market advantage from the island’s non-GM status. Producers were able to demonstrate a price premium, a consumer base and export value that were achieved as a direct result of maintaining the island’s non-GM status.
The findings were released for feedback and consultation was undertaken on a proposal to lift the moratorium in all of South Australia except Kangaroo Island.
The State Government concluded that our farmers should have the choice to take advantage of existing and any new GM food crops and pastures that can provide them with a production or market advantage.
You can read the Public submissions to the GM Independent Review where consent for publication was granted.
Other committee reports
The growing of GM crops has been considered by Parliamentary Inquiries in South Australia and Western Australia.
Legislative Council Select Committee on Moratorium on the Cultivation of Genetically Modified Crops in South Australia
A Select Committee of the Legislative Council was established to inquire into and report on the moratorium on the cultivation of Genetically Modified (GM) crops in South Australia.
Submissions to the Legislative Council Select Committee on Moratorium on the Cultivation of Genetically Modified Crops in South Australia and their final report can be found on the Parliament of South Australia website.
Standing Committee on Environment and Public Affairs – Mechanisms for compensation for economic loss to farmers in Western Australia caused by contamination by genetically modified material. Read about the findings of their February 2019 report.