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


Bio-Devastation Conference Actions Planned

GE Free NZ Press release 24.6.01

Global groundswell for GE-food labelling puts consumers at loggerheads with officials and industry

GE Free NZ supports actions around the world as biotech conference starts in San Diego.

A US, ABC News survey of 1,024 adults between June 13-17 2001 found a whopping 93% of the people surveyed indicated they want labels on genetically engineered foods. As ABC News stated, "Such near-unanimity in public opinion is rare." Why are members of US Congress not supporting labelling of GE foods?

The survey also found that a slight majority of Americans (52%) feel genetically engineered foods are unsafe. Many of the public, unfortunately, are still unaware that no independent peer reviewed clinical trials of the feeding of GE foods has ever been carried out (despite US laws going back to 1958 stating that all novel foods should be thoroughly tested,a process that often takes 12-18 years). See www.biointegrity.org

The decision to allow GE foods onto the market was taken after US regulatory agencies proclaimed GE foods were 'substantially equivalent' to those already grown and improved by conventional breeding techniques. This claim has subsequently been shown to have been based on 'unsubstantiated assumptions' by a Royal Society of Canada report.

There is also cause for concern that New Zealand has adopted a joint position with the US, Canada and Australia in regard to future Codex Alimentarius decisions. These countries, some already genetically polluted, appear intent on leaning on the rest of the world by refusing to allow basic human rights in regard to world citizens right to information about what they are eating. Together they have apparently caused a delay on mandatory labelling until next years meeting and asked for a new objective, that of 'fairer practices in world trade'. Will they also prevent negative labelling-GM free, requiring organic producers and producers of conventional food to prove their products GE Free, thereby negating a threat to GE products.

The genetic manipulation of GE crops has allowed patents to be held, allowing GE crops to become company property, and causing controversial liability issues for farmers polluted by outcrossing. Regulatory agencies,alongside agrochemical and pharmaceutical companies, are appearing to corrupt legal arguments to prevent the peoples of the world both choosing food they wish to feed their families and protecting the environment successive generations will inherit.

Government promotion of GE soya and massive subsidies (70% of the value) have resulted in a 25% increase in the cultivation of GE soys and make a mockery of free trade. GM soya, shipped worldwide as animal feeds, results in milk, meat, fish,eggs and other products from animals which have not been tested or proven safe.

The minimisation of both health and environmental regulations, has led to the wholesale pollution of land, crops and resultant food supply. Contamination of the national food supply and maize seed supply, which could cause genetic pollution worldwide, by Starlink is the dire result. This corn variety (never approved for human consumption) has caused massive transgenic pollution of North America and now threatens the bio-integrity of the rest of the world.

In a decision in Oct 2000, the US approved the dumping of GE StarLink corn overseas (much to the relief of major US corn exporters such as Archer Daniel Midland). GE Free NZ believe it is imperative that all exported seeds are screened for transgenic contamination and that it is a US responsibility to do so before consignments of seeds for planting in the Southern hemisphere are shipped. In addition all countries must scrutinise the seed to avoid members of the unsuspecting public worldwide planting GE contaminated seeds this year.

GE Free NZ fully supports all of those people meeting at the Bio Devastation Conference in San Diego on June 25th, to protest about the callous takeover of the world's food supply by major multinationals. It is unconscionable that they continue use 'science' as a reason to force their genetically corrupted products onto the rest of the world after having already witnessed the adverse effects of transgenic pollution in the US. ENDS

BACKGROUND Anti-GE Groups Expect Thousands for San Diego Protests June 24-25 Activists, farmers, scientists from around the world oppose the biotechnology industry!

June 24th / 25th, 2001 the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) convention in San Diego, opens its doors to thousands of executives, lawyers, venture capitalists, and corporate scientists working to further their agenda of a patented and commodified future.

For more info contact Susie Lees Secretary GE Free NZ 03 546 7966

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Malaysia Exposing Our Dodgy Policies On China

Last week, we all owed a vote of thanks to Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad for breaking with protocol during his bilateral meeting in Singapore with New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern. Reportedly, Mahathir used the photo opportunity phase of the meeting – which usually involves just an exchange of smiles and pleasantries before the media is sent out of the room – to launch into matters of genuine substance.

By doing so, Mahathir usefully exposed how New Zealand is trying to make a virtue out of sitting on the fence over the South China Sea dispute. More>>


Climate Change: Top Academics Call On Government To Take Action

One hundred and fifty academics and researchers from around Aotearoa, including Dame Anne Salmond, Emeriti Professors and several Fellows of the Royal Society, have signed a strongly-worded open letter to the Government demanding bold and urgent action to tackle climate change. More>>


Teacher Qualifications, Class Sizes: Ten Year Plan For Early Learning

“Moving towards 100 percent qualified teachers in early childhood education centres and improving adult:child ratios are among some of the key proposals for change put forward by the sector and experts in the new draft ten year strategic plan for early learning,” Chris Hipkins said. More>>


Teacher Strikes: Meeting, March And Rally In Wellington

Throughout the Wellington region the NZEI rolling strikes entered their final day Friday. Thousands of teachers met in Wellington, Kapiti, Porirua and the Wairarapa. More>>


14/11: Two Years’ Progress Since The Kaikoura Earthquake

Mayor John Leggett said it was a day for reflection, but also a time to recognise the work by many people to support progress towards recovery made across Marlborough since November 2016. More>>


Pike River: Mine Drift Re-Entry Plan To Proceed

“I’ve decided the Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau Mā Iwa - Pike River Recovery Agency, recommended course of action to enter the drift, using the existing access tunnel, is by far the safest option,” said Andrew Little. More>>


Appointments: New High Commissioner To Australia Announced

“Dame Annette King needs no introduction given her long running career as a parliamentarian where she has previously held a number senior Cabinet portfolios, including Justice, Police and Health. She also was Parliament’s longest serving female MP with 30 years’ service,” said Mr Peters. More>>


Two Years Since Kaikoura: Silvia Cartwright To Lead Inquiry Into EQC

“The inquiry will be the first of its kind under the Public Inquiries Act 2013 and will have all the powers of a Royal Commission, be independent of Government and make its report directly to the Governor-General. More>>





InfoPages News Channels