Growing GMOs before they have been approved for use in export markets continues to result in punishing consequences.

Most of New Zealand’s key trading partners have zero tolerance for unapproved GMOs and regularly reject shipments or impose strict testing if these are detected.

The Government has decided not to deregulate new types of genetic engineering before our trading partners, stating that as an exporter of billions of dollars of food products, “we do not want New Zealand getting ahead of market perceptions of these new biotechnologies”. The North American experience demonstrates just how costly that can be.  Read the briefing >>