Cautious Approach to GM no SurpriseSunday, May 18, 2003
It’s not surprising that half of farmers surveyed by Lincoln University believe the Government’s moratorium on genetically modified crops and livestock should be extended, says Federated Farmers of New Zealand (Inc) National Board member Neil Barton.
Mr Barton was commenting on the Lincoln University’s Agribusiness and Economics Research Unit survey of Farmer Perception of GM.
“The fact that the majority of farmers were neither strongly opposed to GM organisms nor keen to adopt GM technology reinforces the Federation’s gene policy of keeping options open and proceeding with caution.
“The commercial production of GM commodity crops in New Zealand is extremely unlikely in New Zealand. However there are some real opportunities for New Zealand in the production of pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals.
“Federated Farmers is confident that New Zealand farmers will decide on the best commercial opportunity available, within the parameters of the Environmental Risk Management Authority’s process to ensure that risk is managed. This way any GM options taken up will be in the best interests of New Zealand.”