South Australia Does This to Increase Crop Yields 300% Without Using GMOs

March 20, 2015   |   Heather Callaghan

Heather Callaghan
March 20, 2015

(ANTIMEDIA) Why would you go for seven per cent when you can get 50 to 100 per cent increases in yield without having to use genetically modified seeds?

The South Australian Agriculture Minister has just reported “amazing” results after trialing a new soil program. Minister Leon Bignell describes using technology that works with the soil and other organic matter. This type of innovation, that he calls an “evolution in science” abounds over genetic engineering, he said.

The results of the following trial experiment strengthened his view that a moratorium on GM technology should remain indefinitely as it proves that GMOs are not needed. Incidentally, this year’s government test run was called “New Horizons” and some of the trial sites boasted a 300% increase in yields.

Minister Bignell – who has stood with protesters against GM technology – said of the upgraded ag technique:

Instead of using the top five centimetres of the soil, you go down to 50cm or even deeper.

You put clay in it when it’s needed, you put organic matter where it’s needed as well.

We’re seeing [yield] increases of 50 per cent, 100 per cent, even 300 per cent in some of the cases.

He told ABC (Australia) of his return from China where they appreciate South Australia’s GM-free status. He calls it the way of the future and a way to increase the value of their production.

Even though he’s received pressure to lift the ban and use the GM tech for weeds and pests, he doesn’t believe that’s the solution. He moves forward with vigor when he gets accused of being “left behind” – a favorite term of elites pushing an agenda.

“The public in most places of the world aren’t convinced” about GM technology,” he said. He proudly sees being GMO-free as forging ahead and entering new markets.

Apparently, a bulk of the pressure is coming from State body Grain Producers SA who say they should be able to choose their products and they are not seeing monetary benefits to Bignell’s plans yet. Under Bignell’s lead, the right to choose does not include untested GM tech, chemicals and future unknown ecological problems.

Bignell says the program isn’t a fluke – it can be replicated and he plans to show the grain producers just that. He is now in communications with grain handlers in other countries as well as meetings in Switzerland. In China, he could see the increasing use of Australian GMO-free ingredients. He is in talks about branding products as South Australian GM-free grain.

The only thing that worries this writer is when he says:

That’s when the real returns will start coming in and hopefully they’re passed on to the farmer.

Hopefully? Bignell, you need to know they will. You need to make sure the farmers profit from these programs or say good-bye to a GM-free status.

For a 4-minute audio, go here.

If you look at GM and the promises around increases of about seven per cent in yields; why would you go for seven per cent when you can get 50 to 100 per cent increases in yield without having to use genetically modified seeds?

Also See:
Newly Developed Rice Increases Yield in Drought Without Genetic Modification

Heather Callaghan is a natural health blogger and food freedom activist. You can see her work at and Like at Facebook.


Author: Heather Callaghan

Heather Callaghan joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in September of 2014. Her topics of interest include biotech, civil liberties, economic and farming solutions, education, freedom, freedom to farm, natural health, and natural medicine and healing. Born in Ohio, she currently resides in South Carolina.

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  1. The New Horizons program aims to improve poor quality soils and increase broad acre crops and pasture production.

    Recent work has shown that placing clay, nutrients, organic matter and amendments deep in the soil profile can remove some of these constraints.

    The adoption of these new practices would represent a new revolution in farm management, from managing the top ten centimetres to managing the top fifty centimetres of soil. By modifying the top soil it is expected that root growth, plant vigour and water use efficiency is improved.

    This will lead to increased fertility, long term storage of carbon, reduced soil erosion risk, improved water use efficiency and hence a large increase in productivity and profitability for farmers.

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