Public will overcome GMO fears when they realise benefits – US expert

Transparency is the best way to overcome people’s opposition to genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), says Jack Bobo, a keynote speaker at this week’s NZ Bio conference in Auckland.

Mr Bobo is the chief communications officer for US-based synthetic biology company Intrexon, whose subsidiaries are promoting several controversial GM products –from mosquitoes to fight dengue fever to locally-farmed salmon and non-browning apples.

In New Zealand, GMOs have been in the headlines after Environment Minister Nick Smith said he was considering what action to take over a High Court ruling last month allowing regional councils to control the release of GMOs under the Resource Management Act.

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