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Open Source Detection Test for First Gene Edited Crop

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Today’s release of an open source test for detecting the first “gene edited” crop is a game changer. It refutes claims by GMO developers suggesting that new GM foods are …

‘Un-Terminating’ the Smelter, and Unlocking a Manapouri New Deal

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Rio Tinto’s latest threat to close its smelter came with the news that it had terminated its power supply contract – something that had “never been done before”. However the …

A New Carbon Accounting Unit for Permanent Sequestration

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The creation of a new unit of carbon currency to recognise the permanent sequestration of greenhouse gases would provide a clear way for exporters to meet international standards for …

Market Pressures for Pastoral Products to go Carbon Neutral

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Pastoral agriculture faces converging challenges that collectively make sharp rises in environmental standards inevitable.  These pressures are combining to push market expectations towards animal protein products being fully carbon …

Twenty-two years on, GM foods still a story of commodity crops and the Americas

Monday, December 17, 2018

Twenty two years after GM cropping began to take off in the US, GM agriculture remains a story of just four commodity crops – soy, maize, canola and cotton …
17 December 2018|Briefings

New Scientist: How should we control the power to genetically eliminate a species?

Friday, October 12, 2018

The power to re-engineer or eliminate wild species using a “gene drive” needs to be brought under international governance, say Simon Terry and Stephanie Howard Commentary, New Scientist. Thanks to a form of genetic …

A Constitutional Moment – Gene Drive and International Governance

Monday, July 30, 2018

Research into gene drives – a new form of genetic engineering to wipe out pests – has had a lot of attention, but there has been scant recognition that …

Gene Drive GMOs Would Need NZ’s Neighbours to Agree

Monday, July 30, 2018

New Zealand cannot decide to release a “gene drive” GMO on its own without a significant impact on its international relations. Research into using this new form of genetic engineering …

Gene Drives: Governance Must be International from the Start

Thursday, May 31, 2018

“Gene drive” has been heavily promoted as a “breakthrough” technology for meeting the goal of New Zealand being predator free by 2050. However even before such a gene …