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

 

Need for local GE Free zones highlighted

www.gefree.org.nz

Press Release 30.10.01

The need for local GE Free zones has been highlighted by Labour's GE package. Under the guise of a moratorium, there appear to be no constraints on extensive commercial GE releases across the nation. Labour has effectively delivered us into the hands of agribusiness and pharmaceutical companies to become just another GE experiment.

"Nelson City council's decision supports the majority of concerned New Zealanders," says Don Murray of GEAN, "this contrasts with that of central government which not only ignored key recommendations of the Royal Commission but also failed to deliver on their election promises."

Members of GE Awareness Nelson, have called a public meeting to advise people on the government package and its implications. They are horrified at the governments response to GE, a feeling of betrayal and frustration at the laughable political decisions when the best option is for a GE Free New Zealand. Numerous reports show the advantages to our tourism and quality agricultural economy, which supplies the growing demand for GE Free food to world markets of a 'no field trial or release' policy.

No insurance is currently available to provide cover for householders, farmers or public health for any adverse effects of GE. Neither is liability insurance held by those experimenting in this technology. The public will be left to pay for any impact as the risks are 'socialised'.

The right to eat decent food and to grow our own GE Free vegetables will be lost and with patented seeds farmers will become tenants on their own land. The government should be ashamed of their decision to let the public 'eat GE cake' appearing to ignore massive public opinion which demands GE Free food and crops. The group states it will be reading the fine print of the report before identifying a future strategy but urge the public to become informed about the companies who have no GE Free policy and avoid eating GE foods whilst considerable doubts remain on its effects on our health.

A GE Free register already covers 100,000 acres nationwide and people can join the register by ringing 09 4388 649or on website www.gefreeregister.co.nz

Contact : Don Murray 03 539 1395
Susie Lees 03 546 7966

GE Free New Zealand
In Food And Environment (RAGE) Inc.
PO Box 693, Nelson Tel 03 548 6608 Fax 03 546 5036
gefree@ts.co.nz

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Oprah as a Presidential Hopeful

Oprah for President…That was one of those summer silly season stories, right ? Maybe not.

On the morning after the Golden Globes Awards ceremony where she delivered That Speech (“I want all the girls watching here now to know that a new day is on the horizon!”) a lot of people seem to have woken up in the cold light of day with a vision of President Winfrey still dancing in their heads.

Oprah’s presidential run may have legs…More


 

Gordon Campbell: On Jim Anderton
For anyone born after 1975, it is hard to grasp just how important a figure Jim Anderton was, for an entire generation.
During the mid to late 1980s, Anderton was the only significant public figure of resistance to the Labour government’s headlong embrace of Thatcherism...More>>

ALSO:


Gong Time: New Year's Honours List

Jacinda Ardern today congratulated the 179 New Zealanders named on the 2018 New Year’s Honours List.

“Although this list was compiled and completed by the last government, it is a pleasure to welcome in the New Year by recognising exceptional New Zealanders,” Jacinda Ardern said.

“As an Aunty, I love reading books to my nieces, so it’s lovely to congratulate Joy Cowley, who is made a member of the Order of New Zealand today....More
Full list


Roads: National launches bid to save highway projects

The National Party has launched a series of petitions aimed at saving regional highway projects at risk because of the Government’s obsession with Auckland trams…More>>

ALSO:


Medical Cannabis: Bill Introduced to “ease suffering”

Health Minister Dr David Clark says making medicinal cannabis more readily available will help relieve the suffering of people who are dying in pain More>>

ALSO:

Campbell: On The Quest For Zero Net Carbon Emissions
Some would querulously ask, zero net carbon emissions by 2050 – while others would say, why not?
More>>

ALSO:

CPAG Report: The Further Fraying Of The Welfare Safety Net

New Zealand’s welfare system has undergone a major transformation during the past three decades. This process has seriously thwarted the original intent of the system, which was to provide a decent standard of living for all New Zealanders in times of need... More>>

ALSO:


 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages