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GENETIC ENGINEERING: Crop and Food Research apply to field test GE onions

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The Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA) has received an application from Crop & Food Research to field test genetically modified onions. The onions have been modified for resistance to the herbicide glyphosate, the chemical used in RoundUp. This is the first application to field test a genetically modified plant in three years, and if it goes ahead will take place in Crop & Food Research land around Lincoln, Canterbury.

The application comes at time when genetically modified sweetcorn has been found growing from 'certified GE free' seed near Gisbourne, and when ERMA has been cancelling public meetings.

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