At present plant research company Scion based in Rotorua carries out GE trials on radiata pine trees, but the plants are destroyed afterwards.
At its Grasslands site in Palmerston North, AgResearch scientists have developed GE ryegrass that yields 50 per cent more but lowers methane levels in livestock. The plants will be shipped to the United States for testing because of New Zealand’s strict laws.
So GE ryegrass can lower our level of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, yet we can’t even test it in New Zealand. Madness.