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Scotland to ban growing GM crops – Expert reaction

Peter Griffin posted in on August 10th, 2015.

Scotland plans to ban the growing of genetically modified crops with its government intending to request that the country be excluded from European consents of GM crops. Our colleagues at the UK Science Media Centre gathered reaction from UK-based experts. Scottish National Party rural secretary, Richard Lochhead, said an opt-out would protect Scotland’s “clean and green […]

Ag biotech conference in the news

John Kerr posted in on September 7th, 2012.

The media have reported widely on the viewpoints put forward by science and industry at this week’s Agricultural Biotechnology International Conference. The conference, held in Rotorua, was described by Dr William Rolleston, Vice President of Federated Farmers, as the ‘biotechnology equivalent of the Rugby World Cup.’ The Science Media Centre held a media briefing with […]

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GM biotech players outline their science roadmaps

Peter Griffin posted in on September 4th, 2012.

ABIC 2012 Digest – Day Two: SMC media advisor Dacia Herbulock is attending the ABIC conference in Rotorua this week and is covering some of the sessions. The following is a summary of presentations given by scientists from Monstanto and DuPont two major global players in genetic engineering. Scientists from Monsanto and DuPont provided a […]

Food security – How will we feed 9 billion people in 2050?

Peter Griffin posted in on September 3rd, 2012.

Global food supply will have to double by the middle of the century to feed the world’s burgeoning population, and less arable land and water will be available for agricultural production. At the same time, crop yields may drop by up to 27 percent over the same period due to climate change, making achieving this goal that […]

PODCAST: Biotech – why do NZ investors bother with it?

Peter Griffin posted in on March 30th, 2011.

A podcast recorded at the NZBio 2011 conference in Auckland (March 21 – 23, 2011) looking at the investment opportunities in the New Zealand biotech sector and the pros and cons of investing in biotech overall… Participants Chair: Colin McKinnon, New Zealand Venture Capital Association Dr Joshua Funder, Partner, GBS Ventures Andrew Kelly, Chief Executive […]

Biotech industry grows in size and value

Peter Griffin posted in on October 2nd, 2008.

News wrap NBR: Surge in number of NZ biotechnology companies Key points: – Income from biotech companies rose from $158 million in 2004 to $276 million in 2007, an 80 percent increase. – Biotechnology expenditure increased 63 percent over the same period. – Exports for the core group have almost doubled, from $53 million in […]

Science – One True Path

Peter Griffin posted in on June 17th, 2008.

Even scientists don’t believe that science can provide the answers to all the questions. But for the types of questions for which science is suited–a number bigger than advocates of other pathways to knowledge will admit–science is superior. Sorry, but that’s the way it is. By Zac Hanley, PhD Human beings are good at devising […]

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