Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Greenpeace fears baseless

Fears expressed by Greenpeace that “potential risks of genetic pollution” may not be prevented during the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Genetic Modification are totally without foundation the Chairman of the New Zealand Life Sciences Network, Dr William Rolleston, said today.

“Greenpeace should recognise that to understand genetic modification (and its potential for good, and harm) scientists need to continue their research programmes. These can never be complete without field testing outside the laboratory.

“New Zealand already has a very robust system for managing potential risks to the environment posed by research into genetics and genetic modification. The ERMA process is very thorough and provides a high degree of confidence that all field trials are carried out within acceptable risk parameters.

“New Zealand has never had an incident where field trials involving genetic material has escaped containment. As history shows the far greater risk to the environment comes from introduction, wittingly or unwittingly, of biological species. The current threat to the national bee population from the varroa mite is a case in point. The potential damage to agriculture and horticulture from a vastly decreased bee population is substantial, though as yet unmeasured.

“It is ironic a potential solution may be through genetic modification.

“The Government’s proposed moratorium has the potential to curb valuable research for party political reasons and is in direct antithesis of good science.”


For further information:

Dr William Rolleston Francis Wevers
Chairman Executive Director
Ph (03) 6126688 (04) 9160100


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Veronika Meduna: The Kaikoura Rebuild

A Scoop Foundation Investigation

Friday will be a big day for people north of Kaikōura – and for hundreds of construction workers who are racing to reopen State Highway 1 in time for the holiday season.

By the afternoon, the South Island’s main transport corridor will be open to traffic again, more than a year after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake mangled bridges and tunnels, twisted rail tracks and buried sections of the road under massive landslides. More>>

 

BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Defence Spending, Alabama, And Dolly Parton

The spending lavished on Defence projects to meet the risks that could maybe, possibly, theoretically face New Zealand in future is breath-taking, given how successive governments have been reluctant to spend even a fraction of those amounts on the nation’s actual social needs. More>>

ALSO:

Members' Bills: End Of Life Choice Bill Passes First Reading

The End of Life Choice Bill in the name of David Seymour has been sent to a select committee for consideration by 76 votes to 44. It is the third time Parliament has voted on the issue in recent decades and the first time such a Bill has made it over the first hurdle. More>>

ALSO:

State Sector: MPI Survives Defrag Of Portfolios

The Ministry for Primary Industries will not be split under the new government, but will instead serve as an overarching body for four portfolio-based entities focused on fisheries, forestry, biosecurity and food safety. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Vulnerable Kids, RNZ Funding, And Poppy

The decision to remove the word ‘vulnerable’ from the Ministry for Vulnerable Children could well mark a whole shift in approach to the care of children in need... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages