Calls to ban herbicide-tolerant swedes

(Photo: 3 News)
(Photo: 3 News)

Calls for a complete ban on herbicide-tolerant swedes follow confirmation that hundreds of cows died last year after eating toxic varieties of the southern staple.

Not only does the Green Party want a ban on herbicide-tolerant plants, it also wants compensation for stressed-out farmers.

DairyNZ analysed 150 swede samples across three varieties and found varieties that can tolerate herbicides had toxic concentrations of a naturally occurring bitter chemical, especially when in flower.

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