South Australia will extend a moratorium on genetically modified crops until at least 2019.
SA is the only mainland state maintaining a ban on GM crop production and trials.
Government Minister Leon Bignell said the state’s GM-free status gave primary producers a competitive advantage in key overseas markets, including Japan.
He said a continuing ban would help protect premium food and wine production and allow grain producers to attract higher prices.
“We’ve got a strong reputation not just around Australia but around the world for producing clean, green premium food and we think having a moratorium on the growing of GM crops really helps us in that end,” he said.
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