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A Review of the Independent Review of the South Australian GM Food Crop Moratorium and Fourteen Alternative Findings


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Paull, John (2019) A Review of the Independent Review of the South Australian GM Food Crop Moratorium and Fourteen Alternative Findings. Public Submissions to the GM Independent Report. Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA), Adelaide.

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The present review of the Independent Review of the South Australian GM Food
Crop Moratorium (Anderson, 2019) reveals that the so-called Independent Review is not independent at all and thus it falls at the first hurdle. Kym Anderson is a long term vocal advocate of genetically modified crops and has expressed such views regularly over the past two decades. The Independent Review was commissioned by the South Australian Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development. There were 216 public submissions, of these, 78% (n=168) were for retaining the existing Moratorium, 18% (n=39) were for scrapping the Moratorium, and 4% (n=8) were undecided. 100% of the food available in Australian supermarkets is GM-free which mirrors the sentiments of Australian consumers, which are against GM-food; and Australian supermarkets are all aware of such sentiments. South Australia (SA) has a ‘clean and green’ image. This image serves SA well for food production, trade, tourism, education and migration. GMOs would damage SA’s clean and green and smart image and can thereby be economically detrimental to the state. The Independent Review proposes that GM canola is the sole candidate for uptake were the GM Moratorium to be scrapped. The GM canolas (Round-up ready, TT) proposed for SA are herbicide-dependent crops relying on regimes of multiple toxic herbicide applications. Glyphosate is a carcinogen and triazine is banned in Europe. These are chemicals that are dangerous to the health and wellbeing of animals, including humans, and the environment, and prescribing their use can be expected to increase SA’s health costs and future environmental clean-up costs. GM agriculture is an example of privatising the profits and socialising the costs. Australia is the world leader in organic agriculture and accounts for 51% of the world’s certified organic hectares, and, of this, South Australia is the leading organics state in Australia accounting for 40% of Australia’s certified organic hectares (and 20% of the world’s certified organic hectares). Organic produce sells at a price premium - usually in the range of 10% and 110% (compared to non-organic). This contrasts with GM canola which sells at a price penalty of 7%. These price premiums and price penalties reflect market sentiment - what the market wants and what the market does not want. The GM Moratorium has a social licence and is serving SA well and should be maintained on economic and social grounds. The Independent Review should be rejected.

EPrint Type:Report
Subjects: Farming Systems
Values, standards and certification
Food systems
Environmental aspects
Research affiliation: Australia > University of Tasmania
Related Links:https://www.academia.edu/37851248/Maps_of_Organic_Agriculture_in_Australia, https://www.academia.edu/37501069/Compensation_for_GMO_contamination, https://www.academia.edu/36848516/Genetically_Modified_Organisms_GMOs_as_Invasive_Species, https://www.academia.edu/36566828/Submission_to_Inquiry_into_mechanisms_for_compensation_for_economic_loss_to_farmers_in_Western_Australia_caused_by_contamination_by_genetically_modified_material, https://www.academia.edu/36274942/GM_food_What_could_possibly_go_wrong, https://www.academia.edu/35179966/Four_New_Strategies_to_Grow_the_Organic_Agriculture_Sector, https://www.academia.edu/25648267/Atlas_of_Organics_Four_maps_of_the_world_of_organic_agriculture, https://www.academia.edu/26803383/Organics_Olympiad_2016_Global_Indices_of_Leadership_in_Organic_Agriculture, https://www.academia.edu/13681599/The_threat_of_genetically_modified_organisms_GMOs_to_organic_agriculture_A_case_study_update
Deposited By: Paull, Dr John
ID Code:35027
Deposited On:20 Jun 2019 13:22
Last Modified:20 Jun 2019 13:22
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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