Your say on keeping the Barossa GM crop free29 Jul. 2020
At the start of 2020, the South Australia Government passed legislation to lift the freeze on Genetically Modified (GM) crops to allow GM crops to be grown on mainland South Australia under changes to the Genetically Modified Crops Management Act 2004.
GM crops are defined, by Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA), as ‘plants used in agriculture that have had their DNA modified through gene technology’ and may be resistance to certain pests, diseases or herbicides, are tolerant to particular environmental conditions or produce increased nutrients.
While the freeze will remain in place indefinitely on Kangaroo Island, in order for it to remain on mainland SA individual councils are required to apply to the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development to retain a GM-free status.
“Public input will help us to determine whether to prepare an application for The Barossa Council area to be designated as a ‘Non-GM crop area’.”
While we understand there may be strong views regarding the potential health and environmental impacts of GM crops, the Minister has highlighted that only potential trade and marketing impacts will be considered in a council’s application to retain a GM-free status, with the final decision to grant such status being at the discretion of the Minister.
Councils are required to make an application to the Minister by 30 September 2020.
You are encouraged to share your views via a short online survey any time from 29 July – 19 August at yoursay.barossa.sa.gov.au