The Sustainability Council welcomes the NZ First announcement that GM food production should be treated differently from other GM applications and that more time is required before the current prohibition on their release is relaxed.

“Given New Zealand’s dependence on exports of foodstuffs, we need to take an ultra-cautious approach over applications entering the human food chain” says NZ First leader Winston Peters.

On August 28, NZ First announced a policy advocating at least a one-year moratorium on commercial production of GM food. The party believes the year-long restraint is required to ensure that “all the necessary systems are yet in place to provide the critical analysis of the impact of decisions on food products to ensure the safety of consumers.”


NZ First Media Statement