Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Fed. Farmers' Questions Waitakere GE Free Decision

16 November 2001 PR174/01
Federated Farmers' Questions Waitakere GE Free Decision

Federated Farmers' Auckland President Colin Bull has questioned Waitakere City Council's decision to declare itself "food and field" GE Free.

"It isn't the role of local government to make such decisions. The Government, in response to the Greens, held the Royal Commission on Genetic Modification in order to help decide the way forward for all New Zealanders. Surely the decisions of central government must have some bearing on how local government responds to the issue?" asked Mr Bull.

"Federated Farmers would also be extremely concerned if the Waitakere City Council attempted to use its district plan processes to impose this unjustified and arbitrary decision on its ratepayers."

"Secondly, I am interested to hear how the Waitakere City Council plans to police this decision - will it check each ratepayer's kitchen cupboard and vegetable garden for GM food? Will the City Council set up border controls to check incoming vehicles and goods? Quite frankly, I think this declaration is irrational and unworkable."

"Lastly, I have to question Mr Harvey's comments that "the evidence is that these things can get out of control and once released into the soil and the natural food chain we believe there could be catastrophic health and environmental effects". What evidence is Mr Harvey referring to?"

"A recent study by InterNutrition (Switzerland) found that from the field studies carried out so far, transgenic, pest resistant crops do not confirm the environmental risks predicted by critics. It is also useful to note that the study found that shortly after introducing the transgenic plants there were proven environmental benefits," concluded Mr Bull.

ENDS For further information: Colin Bull (09) 292-8758 Richard Gardner (09) 379-0057

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Crowdsale And Crowdfunding Campaign: Help Create The Future Of Independent News

Two weeks to go! The Scoop 3.0 plan aims to create NZ’s first community-owned, distributed news and media intelligence ecosystem in 2019. We believe this ScoopPro media monetisation approach can be scaled and spread globally to support local and independent news efforts in regional New Zealand and around the world.

Scoop is an ecosystem, it would not exist without those who contribute to it, read it and rely on it for professional media purposes. Generous past support from this ecosystem has enabled us to come this far in developing our business model. Support our PledgeMe Campaign>>


14/11: Two Years’ Progress Since The Kaikoura Earthquake

Mayor John Leggett said it was a day for reflection, but also a time to recognise the work by many people to support progress towards recovery made across Marlborough since November 2016. More>>


Pike River: Mine Drift Re-Entry Plan To Proceed

“I’ve decided the Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau Mā Iwa - Pike River Recovery Agency, recommended course of action to enter the drift, using the existing access tunnel, is by far the safest option,” said Andrew Little. More>>


Appointments: New High Commissioner To Australia Announced

“Dame Annette King needs no introduction given her long running career as a parliamentarian where she has previously held a number senior Cabinet portfolios, including Justice, Police and Health. She also was Parliament’s longest serving female MP with 30 years’ service,” said Mr Peters. More>>


Two Years Since Kaikoura: Silvia Cartwright To Lead Inquiry Into EQC

“The inquiry will be the first of its kind under the Public Inquiries Act 2013 and will have all the powers of a Royal Commission, be independent of Government and make its report directly to the Governor-General. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Royal Commission Into Child Abuse

Obviously, it is good news that the coalition government has broadened the scope of its Royal Commission into the abuse of children, beyond its previous focus on children in state care. More>>


Cases Delayed: Court Staff Refuse To Handle Sentencing Papers

Dozens of court cases have reportedly been delayed, as court staff escalate industrial action at two Auckland courts by enforcing a ban on handling sentencing papers. More>>


Education: Primary Teachers Rolling Strikes

RNZ Report: More than 100,000 primary school students in Auckland will be home from school today as teachers and principals walk off the job for the second time this year. It's the start of a week of rolling one-day strikes around the country, after the collapse of contract negotiations last Thursday. More>>


"Process Was Sound": Inquiry Into Haumaha Appointment Released

The Inquiry’s purpose was to examine, identify, and report on the adequacy of the process that led to the appointment. It found the process was sound and no available relevant information was omitted. More>>





InfoPages News Channels