ACT Rodney MP Penny Webster today described Sue Bradford's call for the district to become GE-free as 'ill conceived and
"The Greens asked for the Royal Commission - the most comprehensive inquiry into genetic engineering ever conducted into
the world - and now they don't like the outcome. The Greens were burnt by the result, which didn't support any of their
"Now they are trying to turn New Zealand GE-free, district by district.
"Is Sue Bradford saying that if a cure for MS or diabetes was created using biotechnology, we wouldn't be allowed to use
it in Rodney? If there is a disease-resistant strain of vine, we couldn't use that either?
"We are reliant on dairy, beef, forestry and growing tourism as well as a burgeoning boutique wine industry. We cannot
afford to miss out on the opportunities that biotechnology provides - in medicine and in our industries. We do not want
to become peasant farmers," Penny Webster said.