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What's the beef with genetic technology?

Updated: Apr 23, 2019

Comment: Jacob Anderson, Sir Peter Blake Trust.

Source: NZ Herald, 10 July 2018

The conversation about genetic technologies has started again.

There is no silver bullet here, and using genetic technologies, we must proceed with extreme caution - there are still years of development required for some of these techniques. But there is an urgency to solve some of our environmental challenges in New Zealand.

If these techniques are safe, could they help improve our freshwater, reduce our emissions and help us achieve our Predator Free 2050 goal?

To address these issues, it is important we invest research in these areas, however, establishing social understanding and ethics is crucial as these technologies and opportunities evolve.

Is it time we reconsider our stance on genetic technologies and start to have an open conversation about this in New Zealand?

Click here to read the full article in the NZ Herald, written by Jacob Anderson:


Jacob is the Environmental Programme Manager at BLAKE. He manages the BLAKE Inspire and BLAKE Ambassador Programmes and is co-ordinating the science communication and outreach for the BLAKE Expedition to the Southern Ocean & Sub-Antarctic.


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