Should Farmers have the Right to Use Approved Genetic Technologies?
Genetic technologies are the next revolution in farming with the ability now to precisely edit genes for desirable traits. These techniques must be assessed and approved by the Environmental Protection Authority. But some local councils want to ban these technologies and take the choice to use them away from farmers. A battle is under way in Parliament right now, led by the Maori Party, as to whether or not farmers should be able to have the right to use genetic technologies which have been approved by the government regulator, the Environmental Protection Authority, or whether Local Councils should be able to quash that right.
Read the letter below for more information.