Author: Loren Revell-Karutz

International, interstate guests to provide GM perspective at GROWING SA

The grains side of GROWING SA 2018 will have a strong focus on exploring how genetically modified crops can fit into South Australian production systems, in advance of the independent review of the moratorium to be conducted later this year. Set for Friday 14 September at the Adelaide Hills Convention Centre, Hahndorf, delegates at the GROWING SA Conference will have the opportunity to hear from a renowned Canadian scientist and a Victorian grower on their perspectives of GM crops. Dr Stuart Smyth is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and holds the Industry Funded Chair in Agri-Food Innovation at the University of Saskatchewan. His research focuses on innovation and agriculture and the resulting impacts. In 2009, Dr Smyth was part of a group of academics which received $5.4 million in funding over five years from Genome Canada to examine the genomic, economic, environmental, ethical, legal and social issues pertaining to bioproducts and biofuels. Dr Smyth will speak at GROWING SA thanks to the Agricultural Biotechnology Council of Australia on how GM crops have revolutionised the production systems and marketing options of Canadian growers. “Probably the lead environmental discovery of my research is the substantial environmental benefits offered by GM crops, particularly GM canola,” Dr Smyth said. “Farmers in Saskatchewan have been no-till farming for 15-20 years and in some instances have reported adding up...

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