Genetically Modified (GM) crops

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The moratorium on growing Genetically Modified (GM) crops in South Australia was lifted by the state government on 15 May, except for Kangaroo Island.

For a short time, local councils can make a request to the Minister for Primary Industries & Regional Development to designate our council area as a non-GM crop area - this would mean no GM crops could be grown in the area.

The state government has told us this is a once-off opportunity.

When making his decision, the Minister will only consider evidence related to the trade and marketing impact of GM crops.

This includes whether or not local food producers and manufacturers can demonstrate that their capacity to market and export their product would be affected by our area’s GM status.

The state government has advised that any councils who prepare a request to the Minister must complete community engagement which is directed at people engaged in primary production activities and food processing or manufacturing activities.

Your input

This is your opportunity to tell us your thoughts and experience regarding the trade and marketing impact of GM crops in our survey.

You are also welcome to email submissions or reports you believe will provide relevant evidence to YourSay@onkaparinga.sa.gov.au with the subject 'GM Crops'.

Responses will be collated and summarised and presented in a report to help Council decide on whether or not we will make a request to the Minister for our region to be a non-GM crop area.

Please note that if you have feedback about GM crops that does not relate to trade and marketing we will still collect your thoughts, however it may not be relevant to an application to the Minister.

Click here to take the survey.

Share your thoughts: take the survey here.

The moratorium on growing Genetically Modified (GM) crops in South Australia was lifted by the state government on 15 May, except for Kangaroo Island.

For a short time, local councils can make a request to the Minister for Primary Industries & Regional Development to designate our council area as a non-GM crop area - this would mean no GM crops could be grown in the area.

The state government has told us this is a once-off opportunity.

When making his decision, the Minister will only consider evidence related to the trade and marketing impact of GM crops.

This includes whether or not local food producers and manufacturers can demonstrate that their capacity to market and export their product would be affected by our area’s GM status.

The state government has advised that any councils who prepare a request to the Minister must complete community engagement which is directed at people engaged in primary production activities and food processing or manufacturing activities.

Your input

This is your opportunity to tell us your thoughts and experience regarding the trade and marketing impact of GM crops in our survey.

You are also welcome to email submissions or reports you believe will provide relevant evidence to YourSay@onkaparinga.sa.gov.au with the subject 'GM Crops'.

Responses will be collated and summarised and presented in a report to help Council decide on whether or not we will make a request to the Minister for our region to be a non-GM crop area.

Please note that if you have feedback about GM crops that does not relate to trade and marketing we will still collect your thoughts, however it may not be relevant to an application to the Minister.

Click here to take the survey.

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    As we own a vineyard very concerned whether GM crops will make their way into cover crops and the make it hard to manage theses areas. I have watched a Documentary on the damage done by these plants being pesticide resistant. Not good I feel for McLaren Vale.

    Thomas Demasi asked 5 days ago

    Thanks for your comment Thomas. It is great to hear from our grape growers on this topic.  If you haven't already, please also fill in the survey.  Thank you.

    Kind regards,

    The Your Say Onkaparinga team