About the Moratorium on GE crops
The moratorium on growing Genetically Engineered crops in NSW is set to expire in March 2008.
If the moratorium is lifted it will have dire consequences for our clean, green, GE free image and have detrimental effects on export markets. The introduction of GE food crops would also threaten the rapidly growing organics markets, as organics are incompatible with GE.
The ban on commercial GE crops was extended in 2005, partly because the government said there had not been adequate trials, due to the drought. This remains the case. Proponents of GE have not participated in independent comparative field trials, so there is no reason to lift the ban in 2008.