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Australia New bill introduced to lift genetically modified farming ban in SA

04:40  03 december  2019
04:40  03 december  2019 Source:

Australia needs 'constant improvement in farming technology'

  Australia needs 'constant improvement in farming technology' The Institute of Public Affairs’ Gideon Rozner says "I actually support the overturn of the ban" on genetically modified crops. It comes after reports said scientists have been urging Australian politicians to end the ban "I'm not thrilled that climate change is yet again being wheeled out to justify a public policy change but at least in this case it's a good one," Mr Rozner told Sky News. "Humanity needs constant improvement in farming technology," he said. "I think that it's a silly ban to begin with".

A genetically modified organism ( GMO ) is any organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques.

What is a GMO ? Genetically modified organisms ( GMOs ) are living organisms whose genetic material However, new technologies are now being used to artificially develop other traits in plants, such as a resistance to browning in apples, and to create new organisms using synthetic biology.

The South Australian government has introduced a bill to lift a ban on genetically modified farming across the state’s mainland.

The government announced in August its plan to lift a moratorium on genetically modified farming before the end of the year.

Last week, the state’s primary industries minister Tim Whetstone tried to do this by issuing a ministerial regulation instead of changing legislation.

Labor, the Greens and the SA Best Party blocked that move and accused the government of using a loophole and ignoring due parliamentary process.

On Tuesday the government tried again by introducing the bill to parliament.

It’s hoped lifting the ban across the mainland – but not Kangaroo Island – will make the state’s farms more competitive.

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