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Lobby Group Challenges GM Livestock Approval

11 March 2009

NEW ZEALAND - A lobby group yesterday challenged a plan to develop and commercialise genetically modified animals.

In the High Court at Wellington, GE-Free New Zealand asked for the withdrawal of development applications by the Environmental Risk Management Authority (Erma) and the AgResearch crown research institute, reported TheNewZealandHerald this week.

According to the news organisation, AgResearch has made four applications to develop, import and commercialise genetically modified animals from nine species, including sheep, cows, pigs and horses.

But GE-Free argued that Erma had wrongly allowed the applications to go ahead. It said insufficient information had been provided on the new organisms to be created or where they would be developed and tested.

Lawyer Tom Bennion, for GE-Free, said potential submitters on the applications needed adequate information to make meaningful submissions that could help Erma in its decision making.

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