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More Councils Vote for GM-Free Status

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Adelaide Hills and Alexandrina Councils have joined a growing cluster of regions at odds with the State Government's plan to lift the Genetically Modified (GM) moratorium.

Districts have been consulting with communities on whether they think it would be financially advantageous to apply to remain free of GM crops, like Kangaroo Island.

The Adelaide Hills Council voted unanimously on Tuesday 23 September to apply to remain GM free.

On Monday, Alexandrina Councillors voted 6-5 in favor of remaining GM crop free.

The two regions join Mount Barker, Barossa, Onkaparinga and Yankalilla in voting against the choice for GM farming in the region. 

The push has been driven by local wine producers, with some concerned that millions of dollars of exports could be at risk if their areas allow GM crops to be grown.

The City of Victor Harbor is the only remaining council on the Fleurieu Peninsula yet to make a decision.

In the Murray Mallee, communities seem more set on choice.

Following consultation, Councillors in the Rural City of Murray Bridge, Mid Murray Council and Coorong District Councils have voted to allow farmers to grow GM crops if they wish.

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