The government of South Australia has lifted the moratorium on genetically modified (GM) crops beginning January 8. However, the moratorium will remain in place on Kangaroo Island.

“By lifting the GM moratorium on mainland South Australia today, we are backing our farmers and researchers to grow the state’s agriculture sector and create jobs,” said Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone, in a press release on his website. “For 15 long years South Australia has suffered under a moratorium which has cost our grain growers real money, restricted our scientists’ ability to conduct world-leading research, and put a handbrake on our state’s economy. Lifting the moratorium will put our farmers on a level playing field with their counterparts around the country who have had access to GM technology for at least a decade.”

Whetstone went on to explain that the decision to lift the GM moratorium was made after a “high-level independent expert review, extensive industry and community consultation, and the recommendations of the GM Crop Advisory Committee.”

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