South Australia to stay GM-free

Jenna: Further to my blog on the GM canola Moratoriums beginning to lift, the South Australian Government has announced its decision to extend the moratorium, going against a report from South Australia’s GM Crops Advisory Committee, which recommended lifting the ban across the state.
The move has been welcomed by environmental groups but widely criticised by the scientific community.
“This decision is not supported by the extensive scientific evidence that has been accumulated over 10 years in many countries around the world and could send negative signals to the community about the potential benefits of science and the application of new technologies”. “We need to ensure that the community is properly informed of the issues related to the application of this technology. We hope that South Australian farmers will be given the opportunity to use this technology in the future for the benefit of farmers, consumers and the environment,” says expert Prof Mark Tester, based at the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics (ACPFG) at the University of Adelaide’s Waite Campus.

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