Parliament

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

 

Damning EU Report Confirms Contamination Fears

31 May 2002

Green co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons today said the concerns of many New Zealanders had been confirmed by a new EU report showing organic farming will be shut down if genetically engineered crops are grown commercially.

The report which has been drawn up after two years of studies in Britain, France, Italy and Germany shows that contamination from GE crops makes co-existence of organic and GE production impossible. See... http://www.independent.co.uk/story.jsp?story=299036

"This report is simply damning and confirms the fears held by environmentalists, farmers and ordinary people in New Zealand," said Ms Fitzsimons.

"It is particularly relevant to New Zealand as the Labour-Alliance Government is drawing up new legislation to permit 'conditional release' of genetically engineered organisms using, among other things, buffer zones designed to protect organic and GE-Free farmers. The report shows this is a waste of time.

"Even the Royal Commission said that co-existence of GE and organic crops would be possible only if the organic standard was downgraded to allow one per cent GE contamination. This report shows that the one per cent would eventually become two per cent which would become three...

"This is precisely why the Greens are taking such a strong line on this issue. The moratorium on release into our environment will end next year unless the Greens can stop it. This report shows how dangerous this would be."

The report was so controversial that top European Commission officials tried to stop it being made public and is a major embarrassment for Prime Minister Tony Blair who on Friday denounced GE opponents as using 'emotion to drive out reason'.

"This report shows that if only a tenth of a country or a region was in GE crops, keeping contamination at a level to allow organic farming to continue would be 'extremely difficult'," she said.

"In light of the increasing international evidence we would be absolutely crazy to lift our moratorium. Our GE-Free environment is becoming more precious by the day."

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Another Reason To Loathe HR Departments (And On The Teachers Strike)

This morning’s news item about Police emergency call centre staff turning up for work while they’re sick – because they’re afraid their sick leave statistics will be used against them, and their jobs put in jeopardy – is not an isolated case...

Obviously, sick people shouldn’t be being treated by doctors and nurses who are themselves sick and potentially infectious. Similarly, Police emergency calls also need to be fielded by people who’re feeling alert, and on top of their game. More>>

 
 

MPs' Computers To Be Searched: Inquiry Into Leak On Simon Bridges' Expenses

An inquiry has been launched to find out who leaked the National Party's expenses to the media... Parliament's speaker, Trevor Mallard, said a Queen's Counsel would lead the inquiry with the help of an employment lawyer and also someone with forensic IT skills. More>>

ALSO:

Teachers Strike: Nationwide Rallies And Marches

Teachers and principals voted for a full day strike to be held on 15 August to send a strong message to the Government that the current collective agreement offers from the Ministry of Education would not fix the crisis in teaching. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: City Council Ends Its Support For Jackson’s Movie Museum

The Wellington City Council and the Movie Museum Limited have today announced a mutually-agreed parting of the ways for a joint project between the Council’s Convention Centre and TMML’s Movie Museum... Both parties remain optimistic for the future of their respective projects. More>>

Pay Equity: Historic Settlement For Education Support Workers

The New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) and the Ministry of Education today signed Terms of Settlement to address a pay equity claim for 329 support workers who work with very young children in early childhood and primary schools. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Stereotypes About Jacinda Ardern

Routinely, female politicians get depicted as either show ponies or battle axes, with little room for anything else in between. .. More>>

Weekend Interviews: "Discriminatory And Racist" Aussie Deportations

The former president of Australia’s Human Rights Commission Gillian Triggs says deportations have risen dramatically in Australia since 2014 when ministers and ministerial delegates were given the power to cancel visas - and half of those being deported are New Zealanders. "These are massive numbers, actually escalating dramatically."... More>>

ALSO:

Legal Challenge: Prisoner Has 9 Boxes Of Documents Seized

Human rights organisation People Against Prisons Aotearoa says a prisoner they advocate for has had 9 boxes of legal documents seized from him just days before his case against the Department of Corrections was to be heard. More>>

Single-Use Plastic Bags: Govt To Phase Them Out

Single-use plastic shopping bags will be phased out over the next year, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage announced today. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages