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


New Research Damages Government's GE Safety Claims

08 July 2002

Government's reassurances that genetically engineered crops can be released safely look even more shaky today in the light of new evidence from Australia, Green Party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons said.

"A new study shows that pollen can travel at least three kilometres to contaminate neighbouring crops. That is much further than anyone - scientists, farmers or politicians - expected," she said.

"Obviously that raises serious problems for both organic and conventional farmers who want to keep their crops clean.

"It is becoming very clear that there is no 'safe distance' for planting GE crops."

Ms Fitzsimons said it is very encouraging that this study did not involve planting GE canola, but followed the spread of a new conventional variety of canola.

"Pro-GE lobby groups claim that we need GE field trials to examine the risk of planting GE crops, but this study shows a lot can be learned from studying conventional crops, as well as from lab research."

The report in the New Scientist followed the spread of canola which was not genetically engineered, but which acts the same way in its cross-pollination. The article can be viewed at


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them.

Finally, yesterday’s announcement by the Ardern government that a new state agency will be set up to assess and plan the manned re-entry to the mine (on a set timetable) goes a long way to meeting the families’ remaining request: that they be enabled, if at all possible, to bury their loved ones. More>>


Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>


Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>


Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election