South Australia renews GMO moratorium
The Australian state of South Australia has extended its moratorium on the cultivation of genetically modified crops until at least September 2019. The initial four-year ban was extended in 2008 because the state government was concerned about the impacts of GM food crops on the state's conventional production systems. "Non-GM crops attract greater market prices and uphold the exceptional quality of South Australia's food sector," says state Tourism Minister Leon Bignell. "Our GM-free status gives primary producers and food and wine manufacturers a competitive edge in the global marketplace - especially Japan, one of the state's largest markets," he adds.