Pointless field trials cost us millions

Organic NZ Magazine: September/October 2008
Section: Science Watch
Author: Elvira Dommisse

Elvira Dommisse, PhD compiled a submission to ERMA on Application GMF06002 for the Soil & Health Association and PSGR (Physicians and Scientists for Global Responsibility). The submission asked ERMA to decline the application to field-trial genetically engineered Alliums: onions, shallots, spring onions, leeks and garlic.

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Onions are our fourth biggest horticultural export crop. Why fund this trial when two decades of research have failed to produce a good GE onion cultivar?

Why field-test GE onions that have already cost the NZ tax payer millions, when the results will be rejected worldwide, including by our two key export markets, Europe and Japan?

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