The state government has struck a deal with the opposition to remove the moratorium on growing genetically-modified crops on mainland SA - but not without making major concessions to its original plan.
Under agreed amendments to the government's Genetically Modified Crops Management (Designated Area) Amendment Bill 2019, local councils will have a time-limited ability to apply to be a GM crop cultivation-free area while the moratorium will remain on Kangaroo Island.
While councils will be able to apply to have the moratorium continue within their municipality, the final decision will rest with the Primary Industries and Regional Development Minister.
Councils will lose the ability to apply to be a non-GM crop cultivation area six months after the legislation being assented to.
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