AgResearch Putting New Zealand at Risk!
Government research institute AgResearch has applied to develop genetically modified (GM) animals and commercialise their products. This move could pose the single biggest threat ever to farm animals and New Zealand's cultural identity.
If these applications are approved, AgResearch will be able to conduct broad-ranging genetic experiments on cows, goats, sheep, pigs, deer, llama, horses, rats, mice, guinea pigs, rabbits and chickens. They will even use cells taken from humans and monkeys.
Their intention is to mix genes from different species to make transgenic animals. This process creates deformed animals and presents new risks to human health, the environment and our reputation. There are other ways to manufacture pharmaceuticals and other ethical uses of biotechnology that can benefit New Zealand.
Many New Zealanders and organisations including GE Free NZ, SAFE, the Green Party, The Soil and Health Association, Greenpeace and most members of the public oppose the "GE" vision for New Zealand's future.