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Prof. Saunders teaching farmers to Suck Eggs.

28 August 2001 PR134/01

Prof. Saunders teaching farmers to Suck Eggs.

Professor Caroline Saunders' comment 'that New Zealand producers should think carefully before using GE ingredients if they want to protect their export markets' is teaching farmers to suck eggs according to Federated Farmers President Alistair Polson.

"Prof. Saunders points out many New Zealand farmers have direct contact with their markets. As such farmers are more aware than most of the need to respond to market signals, said Mr Polson.

FFNZ advocates a cautious approach to GM technology, supporting farmers' right to choose the production system that best meets market demands, subject to safety and environmental assessment.

"The Royal Commission on Genetic Modification theme is preserving opportunities and encourages the co-existence of all forms of agriculture as contributing to the overall benefit of New Zealand."

"New Zealand agribusiness people must have the flexibility to respond to the diversity of consumers preferences."

ENDS

For more information: Alistair Polson PH 025 370 085 Catherine Petrey PH 04 473 7269

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