Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


GE and organics not compatible

Seed contamination shows GE and organics not compatible

The revelation yesterday that genetically engineered pollen has contaminated crops and honey in England is irrefutable evidence that organics and genetic engineering cannot exist side by side, Green Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons said from the 2020 organics conference in Auckland today.

"Since the birth of this technology, campaigners have warned genetically modified crops cannot be contained and scientists have asserted that this is rubbish. Now we see that British farmers have been unwittingly growing genetically engineered canola from contaminated seed for two years, and selling their crops as GE-free."

The canola seed, imported from Canada was believed to have been cross-pollinated by a genetically engineered crop growing in a nearby field. It is illegal to grow commercial genetically engineered crops in Britain.

Ms Fitzsimons said the latest evidence of contamination by genetically engineered pollen showed that growing genetically engineered crops in the country could spell the end for organics.

"We now have conclusive evidence that crops can be contaminated by genetically engineered pollen from fields grown nearby, and that honey can be contaminated by genetically engineered pollen. It is patently wrong to say that genetically engineered crops can be grown side by side with organic crops without contaminating them."

Ms Fitzsimons said the latest news completely justified the Green Party call for a halt on all outdoor field trials until the Royal Commission on genetic engineering reported back in a year.

"New Zealand has a unique opportunity, as an island leader in horticulture and agriculture, to go GE-free. More and more consumers all over the world want to buy organic food, and less and less want to consume genetically engineered food. If we worked together towards an organic nation by 2020, we would ensure a healthy and secure future for all New Zealanders."

Green MPs Jeanette Fitzsimons, Ian Ewen-Street and Sue Kedgley will all be speaking at the 2020 organics conference in Auckland. The conference starts today and finishes tomorrow.

Jeanette Fitzsimons MP: 025 586 068 Jonathan Hill, press secretary: 021 110 1133

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news