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Profits Over Science

7 October 2008

Profits Over Science

The announcement of a reduction in numbers of scientists employed by AgResearch is a tragic blow to our agricultural sector, says New Zealand First agriculture spokesperson Doug Woolerton.

“In today’s environment, sustainability is a critical aspect of production. For products to remain acceptable to our overseas markets, they must be produced in a sustainable way. We must have the expertise to achieve this, and our agricultural scientists are at the forefront of developing this know-how.

“This is also very bad news at a time when we need scientists to work on greenhouse gas research. New Zealand’s obligations under the Kyoto Agreement emphasize the necessity for further research. Businesses need to reduce their environmental impact, and in order to do that they rely on scientists to come up with the necessary measures.

“Under Kyoto, in order to alleviate the impact of costs on households and industry, there will be an issuing of credits to offset some of those costs. However, in the long term we depend on science to ensure that our emissions are reduced and our costs likewise.

“News of redundancies in the area of scientific research, all in the name of profit, is a tragedy that all New Zealanders will end up paying for,” said Mr Woolerton.


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