Genetically Modified Food Crops

Community Survey

In May 2020, the South Australian Parliament passed legislation which lifted the moratorium on the production of Genetically Modified (GM) crops within the state. The legislation gives Council’s a once off opportunity to make an application to the Minister for Primary Industries to be designated a non-GM area.

Wattle Range Council is currently considering whether to proceed with an application and is seeking the views of the community on the issue of designating the Council area as an area in which no genetically modified food crops may be cultivated.

In order to assist Council in making an informed decision, persons engaged in primary production, or other industry that may be impacted by this decision are invited to complete a five (5) minute online survey. The information gathered from this survey will be used to inform Council’s path moving forward.

It must be noted that the Minister is the final arbiter on this matter and not Council. The Minister will only consider how GM crops could impact trade and marketing potential when deciding whether or not the Council area should be GM crop free.

This survey does not include areas for comment on matters of human health or environmental impacts, as these are managed under Commonwealth legislation.

Respondents who demonstrate that they or stakeholders in the Council area are currently receiving a marketing or trade advantage as a result of being a non GM food crop area, should, where possible, show evidence of market and trade advantages, including any price premiums, that could not be achieved without being declared a non GM food crop area.

Council encourages respondents to read the FAQ’s below along with background information and correspondence in regard to this issue.

Survey

The online survey will be open until 5 pm on Friday, 21 August 2020.

Complete the survey here

Written submissions

Written submissions marked ‘Genetically Modified Food Crops’ can also be:

  • posted to PO Box 27, Millicent SA 5280;
  • left at any of Council’s offices;
  • or emailed to council@wattlerange.sa.gov.au

and will also be received by Council until 5 pm on Friday, 21 August 2020.

Please note that all comments, including the names of those responding may be tabled at a public meeting of Council unless otherwise indicated by the respondent in which case their details may be excluded from publication.