In a strongly-worded response to release of the independent review of the South Australian Genetically Modified (GM) Food Crop Moratorium, sent to the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development in early March, Consumers SA concludes that:
“… lifting the moratorium on GM crops would likely have an adverse effect on organic farmers, due to contamination from GM crops. Few, in any canola farmers will benefit from lifting the moratorium, there may be more law suits as has happened in Western Australia.
You cannot recall GM crops once they are in the environment.
They are sprayed with poison which is finding its way into the food chain and thence into the human body.
What little economic gain there might be for the relatively small number of GM Canola growers, does not outweigh the negatives from lifting the moratorium.
Another economic factor the Review has not taken into consideration is the cost to local councils of weed clearance on verges adjacent to GM canola fields. This can be substantial and is bourn by the public, not the GM canola grower.”
Read the letter, prepared by Consumers SA Executive Committee member Elaine Attwood, here.
This response follows our our equally strong submission to last year’s Legislative Council Select Committee on the Moratorium on the Cultivation of Genetically Modified Crops in South Australia).