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UPDATED: New technology blurring line on GE crops – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on May 18th, 2016.

Genetically engineered crops are safe, but new regulations are needed as the definition of GE organisms becomes blurred, say US academies. An extensive study by the US-based National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has analysed the costs and benefits of genetically modified crops, drawing on almost 30 years of research. The key findings of the […]

Daisy the GM cow makes international headlines

John Kerr posted in on October 4th, 2012.

A cow genetically engineered to produce hypo-allergenic milk has captured headlines both here and overseas. Daisy, a calf genetically modified to produce milk lacking a certain protein to which some infants are allergic, was developed by  scientists from Agresearch and the University of Waikato. You can read more about the research and expert commentary collected […]

GM environmental benefits undebated – Straight Furrow

John Kerr posted in on August 20th, 2012.

In the wake of GM debate raised by an NZ speaking tour by two Australian farmers opposed to GE plants, Sandra Finnie interviewed crop research scientist Dr Michael Dunbier for rural newspaper Straight Furrow. An excerpt (read in full here): Dilemma over GM pasture research Release of GM grasses in New Zealand remains on the […]

NZ Herald: Lab errors leads to GE leak

Peter Griffin posted in on August 2nd, 2010.

David Fisher writes in the New Zealand Herald about a probe into last year’s GE breach at Plant and Food Research’s Lincoln lab. While no criminal charges have been laid, the probe found that there were a number of problems related to the handling of the GE seeds, including not using the proper equipment to […]

TVNZ/NZPA: AgResearch to go offshore for GE clover

Peter Griffin posted in on June 16th, 2010.

Some of the research into the development of genetically engineered (GE) clover which could reduce pastoral greenhouse gas emissions will be done overseas, says AgResearch. The aim of the research is to switch on a specific gene in white clover which would reduce methane emissions and nitrogen waste, provide livestock with extra protein, and improve […]

The Press: Europe balks at GE corn in NZ

Peter Griffin posted in on November 2nd, 2009.

Paul Gorman of The Press reports that a type of GE corn which was certified as safe for New Zealanders to eat, has been withdrawn from development for the European market following questions about its safety. Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) says that the corn’s withdrawal from application in Europe was due to commercial […]

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