NZ will have to allow GM food to keep up with other countries

New Zealand will have to adopt genetic modification (GM) or it will fall behind competitors, say many biotechnologists.

Many speakers were in support of embracing GM at the Agricultural Biotech Symposium, hosted by ​NZBIO at Massey University in Palmerston North, attended by about 60 academics, political figures, company staff and researchers.

Massey University professor Peter Kemp said New Zealand could and should research GM, but it was up to bigger countries and companies to convince the world that it was okay to eat GM food.

“Let them do the heavy lifting. They sell lots of things we don’t even produce here,” he said.

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