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

 


Green Party celebrates changes to food bill

12 June 2013

Green Party celebrates changes to food bill

The Government have made great strides on the revised Food Bill, the Green Party said today.

Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye has released the changes that will be made to the Food Bill which will significantly improve it. The major wins are the reinstatement of genetic engineering as a matter for potential consideration, the inclusion of a ‘Good Samaritan’ clause which allows people to keep donating food to those in need, the assurances around swapping food and the exclusion of seeds for growing being regulated under this Bill.

“This announcement today is a win for home gardeners, charities, and small businesses who worked with the Government to have their concerns addressed,” said Green Party agriculture spokesperson Steffan Browning.

“This is how law-making should look; the Minister listens to what the business and wider community need and makes changes to help them carry on their activities in a safe manner.

“I met with this Minister, and the previous Minister several times and am really pleased to see that the Green Party’s concerns have been incorporated, especially around genetic engineering.

“GE should never have been removed from the list of potential issues to be considered by food safety authorities, and our advocacy has resulted in it being put back where it belongs.


“This comes on the heels of another study published in the most recent Journal of Organic Systems that shows evidence of worrying food safety risks with GE foods.

“I am also pleased that the Bill is going back to the Select Committee to give MPs the chance to consider these changes.

“The issue I will continue to look at is opportunities for the Bill to safeguard our sovereignty around food safety decision making in the face of international trade agreements.

“On-going, I hope to hear from small producers and food businesses to ensure that they are not over-burdened with regulations that are too costly.”

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PM's Press Conference: Crime And Diplomacy

The Prime Minister's press conference today was dominated by foreign affairs and an open letter from the PM to the Chinese community on crime. More>>

ACC: Govt Caught In Unethical Cluster Bomb Investments

The ACC Fund admitted that it had $1.4 million invested in cluster munitions and nuclear weapons manufacturer Lockheed Martin. Before responding to the Green Party’s request for information,however, ACC sold its Lockheed investment and updated its ethical investment policy. More>>

ALSO:

Local Governments To Decide: Easter Trading Bill Passes

The union representing working people in the retail industry is condemning the Government for whipping its MPs to pass the controversial Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill. More>>c

ALSO:

Departure Speech: Governor-General’s State Farewell Luncheon

"...Unfortunately I was unable to get to the Antarctic, the Chatham Islands and the Kermadecs. A dicky heart thwarted our travel to the Antarctic; and even though I volunteered to parachute into the Kermadecs to join the Young Blake expedition, time, commitments and officials frustrated my plans to visit the Kermadecs and Chathams." More>>

ALSO:

New Research: Most Homeless People Working Or Studying

“The cost of housing has been rising without corresponding increases in income, whilst the number of state houses per capita has been in decline. Many low-income people are missing out on housing, whether we recognise them as ‘homeless’ or not. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Traynor: New Offender Info Sharing Plan

“This Bill delivers on that step-change by moving away from name-based records held by individual agencies to a shared, anchor identity based on unalterable information, such as fingerprints and facial recognition. It also gives agencies access to the drivers’ licence photo database and birth, death and marriages information." More>>

  • NZ Law Foundation - New $2M fund for research on information challenges
  • Littoral: New Ship To Deliver Enhanced Naval Capability

    Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says the Government has approved a Ministry of Defence and New Zealand Defence Force recommendation to request tenders for a new naval ship to support littoral operations. More>>

    July:

    After King's Labour Snub: Māori Party And Kiingitanga To Work Together

    Māori Party Co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox met with Kiingitanga representatives in Wellington yesterday to discuss working together on key issues for the betterment of Māori. More>>

    ALSO:

    Waitangi Claim On Rehabilitation: The 'Justus' System For Māori Not Good Enough

    Closing statements at the Waitangi Tribunal case against Corrections called for immediate steps and a comprehensive review to address the high rate of Māori reoffending. More>>

    ALSO:

    Advice: PM Sets Rules For Ministers' Treatment Of Public Servants

    Prime Minister John Key has laid down the law about the way ministers and public servants should interact, saying ministers may not always like the advice they receive, but they must listen to it carefully, respectfully and professionally. More>>

    Get More From Scoop

     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Parliament
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news