South Australia has banned the cultivation of genetically modified crops across the whole of SA since 2004.
This has been done to preserve South Australia's important GM-Free status for marketing purposes. Global consumer demand for non-GM and organic foods is increasing and South Australia's clean and green image provides SA farmers and businesses with a lucrative marketing and price advantage.
South Australia remains the only mainland Australian State to remain GM-free.
However, the moratorium is under threat from the Marshall Liberal Government.
The Minister for Primary Industries, Tim Whetstone MP, is intent on removing the moratorium on mainland SA via any means possible. His plans so far have been thwarted by the SA Parliament who have voted three times since November 2019 to retain the moratorium. Despite this clear decision of the Parliament, the Minister continues to use executive powers to override Parliament and force his pro-GM and pro big business agenda through. With this he is showing his contempt for not only Parliament, but for the people of South Australia and our democratic processes.
The Greens are firm in our commitment to a GM-free SA, and are standing with the people of South Australia, calling on the Marshall Liberal Government to keep the moratorium in place.
Add your voice and sign the petition.
We, the undersigned residents of South Australia, call on the Marshall Liberal Government to retain the current moratorium on the cultivation of GM crops in SA.