GM regulations gazetted

GM regulations gazetted

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THE state government has gazetted regulations to lift the GM moratorium on mainland SA.

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For Adrian McCabe, Hamley Bridge, the freedom of choice to grow the crops which best suit his farming system is critical.

For Adrian McCabe, Hamley Bridge, the freedom of choice to grow the crops which best suit his farming system is critical.

THE state government has gazetted the regulations that restrict the statewide moratorium on the commercial cultivation of genetically-modified crops only to Kangaroo Island.

This development is the next step in the transition to lifting the GM moratorium on the mainland, following the conclusion of the government's industry consultation.

During the consultation process, 218 submissions were received, with the majority in favour of restricting the moratorium in SA.

The gazettal means the 'disallowance' period will shortly begin.

In this period, which lasts until December 4, any member of either house of the SA Parliament can try to 'disallow' the regulations by calling for a vote.

If the regulations are upheld, restrictions on the handling and cultivation of GM crops will only apply to KI.

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Grain Producers SA says it plans to ensure that any disallowance vote will not receive majority support, especially in the Legislative Council which the government does not control.

On behalf of the SA grain industry, they are determined to see the reform achieved.

They are also engaging the broader community to promote the opportunities it sees arising from GM technology, both in the paddock, and in research institutions.

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