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


GE food call way out of whack with reality

9 June 2008

GE food call way out of whack with reality: Greens

It is inappropriate for the president of the World Organisation for Animal Health to go in to bat for genetic engineering, says the Green Party.

"Genetic engineering of animals - such as the various GE cow trials going on in New Zealand - are a serious animal welfare concern as they involve doping cows up on hormones, harvesting eggs surgically, killing those cows and implanting embryos surgically in surrogate mothers," Green Party Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons says.

"Promoting GE grains for animal feed in order to increase world food production is blind to the reality that it is feeding grain to animals that is contributing most to world hunger. It takes 13 kg of grain to produce 1 kg of beef.

"Grass-fed meat from New Zealand's hill country which cannot grow grains is sustainable. Free range chickens with some supplementary feeding is sustainable. Feeding grain to feedlot cattle and caged chickens - instead of people - is not.

"New Zealand has a big advantage in sustainability because our sheep meat and most of our beef is grass-fed. It would be a tragedy if we increased the practice of feeding grain to cattle instead of producing it for human food.

"If we want enough grain to feed the world then the meat industry should focus on feeding livestock with grass."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Another Leader Exiting: Statement From Peter Dunne

I have concluded, based on recent polling, and other soundings I have been taking over the last few weeks, that, the volatility and uncertainty notwithstanding, there is now a mood amongst Ōhāriu voters for a change of MP, which is unlikely to alter...

“I have therefore decided that it is time for me to stand aside, so the people of Ōhāriu can elect a new electorate MP. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>


Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

Speaking as someone who has seen better times and nowadays mostly operates by being really annoying and humiliating to deal with, I have some fellow feeling with the current system, so I’ll take this chance to set a few things straight.. More>>


Deregistered: Independent Board Decision On Family First

The Board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable... More>>


Transport Policies: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>


Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>


Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election