STANDING UP FOR FARMER CHOICE
In this challenging time of drought and with a changing climate only going to make farming harder, South Australian growers need access to every available safe and effective technology that can assist them to farm in a more environmentally sustainable way, under evermore demanding circumstances.
STANDING UP FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
For over 20 years, approved genetically modified crops have been grown in Australia and around the world, resulting in 183 million hectares of land being saved from full tillage cropping. This has led to improved water storage, significant reduction in soil erosion and native forests being saved from becoming agricultural production land. GM crops are responsible for savings in CO2 emissions of 27 billion kg – the equivalent of removing 90 per cent of passenger cars registered in Australia from the road for one year.
STANDING UP FOR SCIENCE
South Australia has a long and successful history in research and development of plant breeding innovations. Aside from the direct benefits to the state’s farmers, lifting the moratorium will boost agricultural research within South Australia, leading to the production of new crop varieties specifically designed for the South Australian environment and major environmental benefits.
GM crops currently being trialed and developed – including by teams working at the Waite Campus in Adelaide – could help South Australian farmers combat environmental stresses such as drought, acidic soils, salinity and frost, and provide health benefits to consumers with products such as fortified cereals, healthier starches and oils modified to be lower in saturated fats and with improved cooking qualities.