The Sustainability Council has released a new policy proposal: that New Zealand remain a GM Free Food Producer for the next five years.
This would mean no commercial production of GM food following expiry of the moratorium in October. However, it would have no impact on GM medical applications and would not hold back GM research.
“There is a robust economic case for New Zealand remaining a GM Free food producer for at least the next five years” said Sustainability Council Chair Sir Peter Elworthy. “The risks to our conventional food exports far outweigh any gains available from growing GM food in the near future.”