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Expert Witness Brief  by Dr Johannes Wirz to the New Zealand Royal Commission on Genetic Modification

on Behalf of the Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association, December 2000


It is generally thought that no other country in the world apart from New Zealand has conducted such a thorough and open public enquiry into genetic modification. The document downloadable from this file is the result of a request by the Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association of New Zealand to help them with their submission to the commission. The organic sector bodies submissions were grouped in Week 6 of the enquiry in early December 2000. Briefs of other expert witnesses called by the NZ BDFGA are available on the Commission's web site at the URL given below. They are :

1. Dr E. Ann Clark Scientist, Canada
2. Dr Johannes Wirz Scientist, Switzerland
3. Percy Schmeiser Farmer, Canada
4. Laverne Affleck Farmer, Canada
5. Russell Simmons Farmer, East Waikato
6. Noel Josephson Company Director, Auckland
7. Martin Robinson Fruit grower, Kerikeri
8. Zelka Grammer Horticulturist, Whangarei
9. Gareth Bodle Consultant/Student, Palmerston

The huge amount of data lodged with the enquiry both for and against genetic modification is available at http://www.gmcommission.govt.nz/. Follow the 'Submissions' link.

Download Dr Johannes Wirz's submission as an Adobe Acrobat PDF document http://www.ifgene.org/wirz.pdf

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