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Election 2020 - Party Policies - Environment/Primary Industries and Rural Affairs - Biosecurity

Election 2020 - Party Policies - Environment/Primary Industries and Rural Affairs - Biosecurity

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I have no faith in MPI. They seem to be reactive and bureaucratic. Yes we need to have effective means of minimising the risk of imported pests and diseases. Perhaps covid will give some lessons on how that might be managed.

https://www.top.org.nz/genetics_for_good
Gene editing has the potential to solve many problems that New Zealanders struggle to solve. It could make kauri trees resistant to kauri dieback or be used to remove microplastics from water, helping to clean up our waterways and groundwater. Gene editing offers a precise, fast way of developing new plant varieties, such as plants that can cope with newly introduced pests or the effects of climate change. It could even solve our possum and rat problem, so that we can stop using 1080 poison.
Why are we holding our scientists and businesses back from a new technology that has much in common with selective breeding - especially when our competitors are already using it?