Jon Carapiet

AuthorJon Carapiet

Jon Carapiet writes as the national spokesman for GE-Free NZ (in food and environment). He is also a trustee of Physicians and Scientists for Global Responsibility. For almost 20 years Jon has spoken out for the need to moderate the powerful use of gene technology to protect New Zealand’s capacity to produce and sell non-GMO food and to protect the rights of consumers at home and overseas. As an advocate for Brand New Zealand Jon draws on his years of experience as a senior market researcher and brand communications consultant. Jon has a Bachelor degree from Cambridge University and a Masters from Auckland University, and as well as working in research is a keen photographer, regularly exhibiting his artwork.

What does GE-free status mean to brand New Zealand?

New Zealand regulations on the commercial release of genetically modified organisms (GMO) have so far served us well, at least in terms of avoiding the negative effects that have been experienced overseas. These negatives include increased use of toxic chemicals and the desperate measures of ‘stacking’ chemical-resistance genes in crops to battle rapid development of resistance in...

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