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


Mexican GE Contamination Tells Real Story

21 April 2002

Confirmation by the Mexican Government that maize crops are massively contaminated with genetically engineered varieties, despite a four-year ban on GE maize, is a red flag for New Zealand, say the Greens.

A senior Government official announced at the biodiversity convention meeting in the Hague last Friday that Government tests have shown the contamination is the worst yet discovered, much worse than was initially suspected.

Green Party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons said the news that 95 percent of tested sites were contaminated was devastating, especially because many varieties of maize originally came from Mexico.

"This proves what many of us have been saying for years - that there is no way to keep GE and non-GE crops separate. Once you release GE varieties, they will inevitably contaminate other farms, no matter how big the buffer zones are."

Minister of Conservation Sandra Lee was at the Hague meeting, and Ms Fitzsimons said she looked forward to hearing her report on the Mexican contamination scandal. "The Government's proposals for conditional release with buffer zones is simply absurd," she said.

"I also note that the Lifesciences Network are this Tuesday holding a day-long briefing session for the Journalists Training Organisation to discuss co-existence of GE and non-GE crops.

"The Lifesciences Network's PR line is that co-existence is "Mission Possible". I think they've got the wrong script - it's always been Mission Impossible.

"I expect that journalists will be asking the hard questions about the Mexican situation and its implications for New Zealand agriculture if the Government sticks to its decision to release GE crops from next October."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


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>>


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news