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New Zealand hearing on GM onions

The New Zealand Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA) is to hold a public hearing in August or September on an application to field test genetically modified onions, leeks and garlic. The New Zealand Institute for Crop and Food Research (ICFR) had applied to test these plants expressing disease resistance, herbicide tolerance and various quality traits ( Agrow No 542, p 18). The ERMA has received 123 submissions in response to the application. That is far fewer than the 1,933 submissions over the ICFR’s 2003 application to test glyphosate-tolerant onions ( Agrow No 429, p 18).

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