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 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. The Greens want to keep SA GM-free.
The current ban (moratorium) on growing genetically modified crops in South Australia was extended in 2017 as a result of a Greens Bill that passed with the support of the then Labor State Government.
The moratorium is now in law and won't expire until 1st September 2025, unless the SA Parliament votes to get rid of the moratorium. However, the Minister for Primary Industries is intent on removing the moratorium for mainland SA via any means possible. After his plans were thwarted twice by the Parliament in late 2019, the Minister again gazetted Regulations to lift the moratorium on mainland SA from 1 January 2020. In February 2020 he also introduced another Bill into Parliament to lift the moratorium on mainland SA (keeping only Kangaroo Island as GM-free).
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.