ACT Agricultural Spokesman Owen Jennings today predicted that hundreds of agricultural research jobs are in imminent
danger of being lost to New Zealand unless the Government lifts the moratorium on GM field trials.
'The growing capture of the Coalition Government by the Greens over genetic engineering means that the future for
agricultural research and the massive benefits for agriculture, human medicine and our economy will be lost,' said Owen
Jennings, ACT spokesman on agriculture.
"I understand that the multi million dollar research business will soon lose its best skilled scientists and facilities
offshore and therefore the gains to more forward looking overseas countries unless the moratorium is lifted. The cost to
New Zealand will be huge.
"The Government is allowing the Greens to destroy the exciting opportunities that already exist, taking agriculture in
New Zealand back to the stone-age.
"Once again the Coalition is demonstrating an abysmal understanding of commercial opportunity. It is not only
agriculture that can gain. The most promising research work being carried out now has huge gains for human medicine.
There is already offshore interest from the world's leading pharmaceutical and nutriceutical companies in what New
Zealand agricultural scientists are achieving.
"The knowledge wave is here now and we have a government more interested in political popularism than principle.
"The Government must act now and lift the moratorium otherwise enormously beneficial research and hundreds of talented
people will be lost to this country, probably forever," Owen Jennings said.