GM Commission Exposes Conflicts in OrganicsFriday, Nov 24, 2000
Submissions to the Royal Commission on Genetic Modification demonstrate the confusion present in the
Green/Organic lobby as to what really is their agenda. Are they just opportunists trying to extract
a personal economic advantage or are they the only true holders of the great truths of life.
Two organic farmers prominent in farmer and national politics present completely opposed views on the
same issues. How do commercial farmers come to a sensible conclusion on future production methods
when the alternative propositions are so flaky?
An unintentioned but never the less important outcome from the GM Commission may be the exposing of
the anti technology lobby as public miss informers at a time when science chose to hide behind corporate
secrecy and not inform the public of the risks, qualities and benefits of the results of their
NZ farmers have always been early adopters of new technologies, which have been the basis of our low
cost production techniques. One can smile at the time when AI was introduced to dairy farming 50
years ago. Those for AI recognised the advantages of faster herd improvement and those against foresaw
unnatural disaster and malformed calves. Who questions the AI technique now?