Tagged: genetic modification

GM ryegrass – at least 7 years away from release - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Mar 02, 2010

The Royal Society’s dispassionate summary of the potential benefits and risks of planting crops of GM forage for farm animals to feed on makes for interesting reading, thought its lack of recommendations on a way forward for GM in New Zealand may leave you wondering what the message from science actually is. At the Science Media Centre … Read More

Is genetic engineering just like breeding? - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 15, 2010

By Prof. Jack Heinemann* Dr. Nina Federoff, the science advisor to the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, voiced more blatantly in New Zealand what many other advocates of large-scale plantings of genetically engineered (GE/GM) plants sought to imply for years: ’There’s almost no food that isn’t genetically modified. Genetic modification is the basis of all evolution.’ This stance … Read More

Morsel combat: the Listener on genetic modification - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Jan 31, 2010

The Listener out this weekend, features an interview with Dr Nina Fedoroff, who was in the country last week talking agricultural science and genetic modification and covers the other side of the GM argument with Green MP Sue Kedgley also featured. It is worth a read, particularly the interesting side bar by writer David Lomas which points out … Read More

Will Agresearch's Court of Appeal bid pay off? - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Jan 26, 2010

[UPDATED: An ERMA spokesperson got in touch to clarify that ERMA isn’t party to the appeal – “In the High Court, GE Free challenged ERMA’s right to receive the applications from AgResearch. AgResearch appealed the High Court decision, and we were in court yesterday to assist in any way we could and to seek clarification of ERMA’s powers under the … Read More

GM probe: Minor transgressions…major implications - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Dec 01, 2009

It hasn’t been a great year for New Zealand’s genetic modification research efforts, even if viewed from a purely “PR” point of view. Last December, the anti-GM environmental group the Soil & Health Association of New Zealand had a poke around Crop & Food’s GM brassica trial going on at the company’s campus at Lincoln near Christchurch and … Read More