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New Zealand approves GMO field trials

(Oct. 30, 2001 – CropChoice news) – New Zealand’s 16-month moratorium on field trials of genetically modified organisms will end, but a two-year ban on commercial release of any transgenic organisms (with an exception for human and non-human medicine) is working its way through Parliament, announced Prime Minister Helen Clark yesterday.

Research "must continue with strict controls in place to protect the health of New Zealanders and our environment," Clark said. "We will not close the door on science, ... nor will we allow unrestricted use and development of genetically modified organisms."

Some MPs in Clark’s center-left Labor Party opposed the policy, including Maori MPs who object to transgenic engineering for cultural and religious reasons.

Source: AP