New Zealanders have a wide range of opinions on modern biotechnology based on their ethical, cultural and spiritual perspectives.

Biotech in New Zealand

Biotechnology is a growing industry in New Zealand – one with the potential to provide jobs and innovative products. New Zealand is a world leader in agricultural biotech, and this is likely to be of particular importance to many of us. Find out more in the article Biotech in New Zealand.

Do New Zealanders accept biotechnology?

In New Zealand, people have a wide range of responses to different biotechnologies. In 2002 and 2003, Lincoln University’s Agricultural Economic Research Unit (AERU) collected data on public opinion of some specific examples of biotechnology practice. Find out more in the article Do New Zealanders accept biotechnology?

Different views

The relationship of a person to a particular biotechnology gives both weight and shape to their opinion. For instance, farmers and consumers may have quite different perspectives on genetically modified (GM) food. Find out more in the articles Economic impacts of GM crops and GM food and New Zealand consumers.

Who’s regulating biotech?

With so much innovation and excitement in this area, it’s easy to imagine scientists getting carried away and pushing boundaries in ways the public might be uncomfortable with. In order to prevent this from happening, biotechnology is carefully monitored and regulated in New Zealand.

 

The future of New Zealand biotech

The future of biotechnology depends upon research and development and also on the views and needs of New Zealanders.
 
These four videos below look at how biotechnology has the potential to create better healthcare, improved foods, better and safer agriculture, and cleaner industrial processing.
 
Published 16 November 2007