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New Zealand ERMA (Environmental Risk Management Authority) favours genetically modified brassica tests:

The New Zealand Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA) has concluded that proposed field tests of genetically modified insect-resistant brassicas pose negligible risks to health and the environment. Last year, the government-owned company, Crop and Food Research, applied to conduct the tests over a ten-year period (Agrow No 507, p 18). The ERMA believes that proposed containment procedures should prevent the spread of pollen from the GM plants. The likelihood of target pests developing resistance to Bt toxins is considered negligible. The ERMA received 960 submissions in response to the application. A public hearing on the application was scheduled for this month (Agrow No 513, p 12).


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