Frankenstein's Farm

New Zealand's furious genetic modification debate

Frankenstein's Farm We take a look at how the controversial issue of genetic engineering is faring in New Zealand. Campaigners are demanding that New Zealand build on its green, nuclear- free image by becoming a GE-free zone, but scientists counter that the risks are grossly over-exaggerated.
The New Zealand Government is readying itself for the findings of its Royal Commission into Genetic Modification. It's the only complete report of its type so far and a document eagerly awaited by governments, multinationals and environmentalists everywhere. However, on the same day, anti-genetic engineering rallies are being staged nationwide. Helen Clark's Labour Government must now set the rules on an issue which has had a powerful impact in New Zealand and is sending strong signals around the globe.

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