By Staff Reporter Frank Perry at 12:33pm, 25th May 2001
Experiments on genetically modified cows at AgResearch's Ruakura facility are to continue, the Environmental Risk Management Authority has decided.
The decision, released today, followed the High Court ordering ERMA to reconsider its approval because it had not followed correct legal procedures.
Chief Executive Bas Walker said the committee had followed the court's directions closely, and had granted approval for the tests, which involved inserting synthetic human genes into cows.
This would make them produce a protein in their milk, which could help multiple sclerosis sufferers.
One member of the committee representing the views of Maori disagreed with the decision.
Dr Walker said the committee was mindful of the judgement of the Court when carrying out its consideration.
"The Committee has been very careful to apply the provisions of the methodology in its decision on this containment application.
"It is also important to remember that this is a field test and not a general release of a GMO (genetically modified organism) into the environment."
Green party Co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons said it was disappointing that ERMA did not rehear submissions and the decision did little to restore public confidence in the process.
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