Report on independent review findings
View the Independent Review of the South Australian GM Food Crop Moratorium () (the Report).
Public consultation on the Report
The public consultation on the Report has now closed.
Review terms of reference
- Assessed available evidence on the market benefits of South Australia’s moratorium on the commercial cultivation of GM crops.
- Assessed the degree of awareness of South Australia’s moratorium amongst key trading partners and food production businesses operating in South Australia and other Australian states.
- Where there is evidence of market benefits resulting from the moratorium, examined whether it is possible to retain such benefits for industry through the use of systems of segregation in the supply chain, having regard to segregation protocols adopted in other jurisdictions.
- Considered evidence from South Australian businesses and industry, market and trade data, the experience in other Australian and international jurisdictions and other relevant evidence to inform the analysis.
- Explored whether there are potential innovations likely to be available for commercial adoption by South Australia’s agricultural industries prior to 2025 that would justify a reconsideration of the moratorium on grounds of economic benefit to the state.
- Quantified where possible the economic costs and benefits of maintaining, modifying or removing the moratorium, not limited to but including on-farm impacts, food manufacturing, supply chain costs and impacts on research and development investment in South Australia.
- human health
- environmental impacts.
Independent review submissions
In late 2018 an independent review of South Australia’s moratorium on the cultivation of Genetically Modified (GM) food crops was undertaken evaluating the benefits and costs of the GM Moratorium to the South Australian economy and agricultural industries.
A report of the review was released publicly on 20 February 2019 and contains 19 findings which are now being considered by the State Government.