Field Notes, powered by KPMG, is a weekly news update on news nationally and globally from the agri-food sector.
More than 150 young scientists have appealed to the Green Party to back an overhaul of gene-editing laws, which they argue would help fight climate change. The party has signalled no intention of changing its stance over the contentious issue. In New Zealand, strict regulations under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (HSNO) Act have tightly controlled the use of gene engineering and genetically modified organisms since 2003. The group Emerging Scientists for Climate Action believe that the regulations are preventing green technologies from being created that could help the country. GE-free advocates are opposed to any softening of the HSNO Act, as they, like the Green Party are also concerned that relaxing our laws could threaten New Zealand's position in global markets.
To read this week's full edition of Field Notes, please click here.
© 2021 KPMG, a New Zealand Partnership and a member firm of the KPMG global organisation of independent member firms affiliated with KPMG International Limited, a private English company limited by guarantee. All rights reserved.
For more detail about the structure of the KPMG global organization please visit https://home.kpmg/governance.