Lifting of GM ban welcomed: GPA

Lifting of GM ban welcomed: GPA

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GM READY: Grain Producers Australia chairman Andrew Weidemann said the removal of SA's GM moratorium is a positive for farmers across the state.

GM READY: Grain Producers Australia chairman Andrew Weidemann said the removal of SA's GM moratorium is a positive for farmers across the state.

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The removal of SA's long-standing moratorium on genetically modified food crops has been welcomed by Grain Producers Australia chairman Andrew Weidemann.

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The removal of SA's long-standing moratorium on genetically modified food crops has been welcomed by Grain Producers Australia chairman Andrew Weidemann, who said the opportunity for SA farmers to grow genetically modified crops would put the state on a level playing field with the rest of the country.

"The decision to remove the moratorium allows grain producers within SA an opportunity to be more competitive in both national and international markets that have been able to grow GM crops for years," he said.

The ban was imposed in 2003, and has been lifted for mainland SA following an independent review from Emeritus Professor Kym Anderson.

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"GPA believes the removal of the SA moratorium will now drive increased investment into crop breeding technologies in Australia," Mr Weidemann said.

"Development of new varieties is a crucial component to the future of grain production in Australia.

"The removal of the moratorium recognises that farmers need access to new technologies."

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