City of Onkaparinga set to apply for non-GM crop area designation

Published on 16 September 2020

An aerial view of McLaren Vale.

The City of Onkaparinga will apply to the Minister for Primary Industries for its entire area – including the famed McLaren Vale wine region – to be designated a non-GM crop area following a landmark Council decision last night.

Onkaparinga Mayor Erin Thompson said the decision came after a rigorous process, paving the way to protecting organic and biodynamic vineyards from a potential annual loss of $20.8 million.

“We listened carefully to our industry and community, and believe the evidence clearly shows it’s in our city’s best interest to make this application,” Mayor Thompson said.

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