The National Party is campaigning to reverse the “ban” on gene editing and genetic modification. Current regulation of gene editing and genetically modified organisms make it very difficult for farms to produce anything from crops, livestock or grasses that have been gene edited. This effective ban has been in place for more than two decades, and was the subject of heated debate when the legislation was last revisited in 2003. National Party science and innovation spokesperson Judith Collins said the ban is costing New Zealand and making it harder to reach climate change goals and it is time to talk change.