Modern farming using biotechnology innovation plays an increasingly crucial role in food, feed and fibre production in Australia and around the world.

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.