NZ Herald: Farmers, exporters warn GM animals could damage ‘brand New Zealand’

Eloise Gibson reports in the NZ Herald on concerns that the development and use of genetically modified animals in New Zealand could damage its overseas image.

However, a paper released by the Royal Society has suggested that international attitudes towards GM food and animals may be changing due worries about food security and climate change.

An excerpt: (read in full here)

“A paper released yesterday by the Royal Society of New Zealand suggested European shoppers may be warming to GM products in the face of mounting worries about climate change and food security.

“But it said there was little evidence about how GM trials affected the perception of non-GM food from the same country.

“John Hartnell of Federated Farmers said he supported trials in containment but releasing GM material in the environment would be a different matter.”