NEW ZEALAND: Government accepts organic recommendations
The government of New Zealand has accepted recommendations on organic agriculture submitted by a committee of MPs after a twelve-month inquiry and 122 submissions. The recommendations call for minimum organic product standards that would, among other issues, not permit any contamination from genetically engineered material. Coming just a day after the release of the Royal Commission report that broadly supported further research in GM, the government's acceptance of the organics recommendations may go some way to allaying fears among organic growers that their industry is under threat.
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