Environmental breach in GM trial

From today’s The Press

Plant & Food Research has suspended genetic-modification (GM) field trials while it investigates a breach of environmental controls at a site near Lincoln.

Biosecurity New Zealand conducted a surprise audit of the GM field trial site last month after a flowering brassica plant was found by an environmental group.

At the time, the Lincoln-based Crown research institute and Biosecurity said there were no breaches.

However, the Auckland-based chief operating officer for Plant & Food, Bruce Campbell, yesterday admitted the 10-year field trial of GM broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and forage kale had breached Environmental Risk Management Authority (Erma) conditions. (continue)