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The Tasmanian Government has extended indefinitely the state’s moratorium on genetically modified crops and animals.

The blanket ban on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) was due to expire in November.

The moratorium will continue to include exemptions for non-commercial scientific trials of GM crops and a panel of scientists will report to the Government on advances in the field.

Deputy Premier Bryan Green says making the ban indefinite will protect the state’s GMO-free brand.

The issue has divided the agricultural sector, with the dairy and poppy industries keen to explore the potential benefits of GMOs.

Tasmanian poppy growers last year threatened a legal challenge against an extended moratorium.

But the decision will please beekeepers and the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association, which had warned lifting the moratorium could threaten the state’s clean, green status.

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What Jan Davis, Nick McKim and Bryan Green say, TT Media here

Jan Davis on the poppy industry review