Genetically modified (GM) food is a contentious issue worldwide. Personally I’m not as opposed to GM as many on the left, but I think that there are perfectly good reasons that NZ as a country should remain GM free. And we should certainly stand up and say so in the face of inept and blatant lobbying like this:
GM panel warns NZ it could miss bus
New Zealand has been issued an ultimatum by GM heavyweights – change our tune on genetically modified food or watch our exporting lifeblood lag behind the rest of the world.
Or watch our exporting lifeblood soar as we provide to big anti-GM market segments.
The warning was delivered yesterday by a high-powered panel including the US Government’s bio-tech trade envoy and the vice-president of US giant DuPont Agricultural Biotechnology.
The panel pitched crop-enhancing bio-technology as the world’s best hope of feeding a population expected to double by 2050 – and said that if New Zealand failed to buy in, our crops could become quickly out-dated.
Yes, American agri-business would love to get us dependent on their products for our food production. And that makes sense how? Piss off.
But Jack Bobo, a senior adviser for biotechnology to the US State Department, claimed not doing so could hurt us. “New Zealand has a choice – will it continue to meet its own needs and the needs of others, or will it slowly become a net importer of foods?
And at that point I had a good laugh and stopped paying attention. NZ a “net importer of foods”? You need to make your threats just a tiny bit believable guys.
Organic NZ spokeswoman Debbie Stanwick dismissed the panel’s warning as “scaremongering, especially when most of the world’s leading trading partners, such as China, have already legislated to protect their own crops from GE”.
End of story.