The South Australian Government will let mainland farmers grow genetically modified (GM) crops from the start of 2020, sidestepping State Parliament which has twice blocked the plan — and could do so a third time.
New regulations allowing growers to plant GM crops from January 1 everywhere in the state except Kangaroo Island have been introduced.
Parliament could still block these new regulations, but they will not have an opportunity to do so until sittings resume in February.
The new rules have the same effect as previous regulations that were struck down by the Labor Opposition and crossbenchers in Parliament.
A Government attempt to get a bill through Parliament to lift the GM moratorium also failed in the final sitting week this year.