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

 

Community backs GE-Free Campaigners with Award

www.gefree.org.nz

Press Release 5.11.01

Community backs GE-Free Campaigners with Award

GE Awareness Nelson group, won recognition within the local community on Friday, when it was a runner-up at the Eco-Fest environmental awards. This acknowledgement of the group's work to protect the environment comes at a time when GE free groups are being marginalised by government and biotech companies. The government’s apparent refusal to support the public majority for a GE Free New Zealand in food and environment forcing diverse GE Free groups nationwide to continue the campaign.

"The government, in full knowledge of the amount of public opinion against GE, now appear to have adopted the oldest tactic in the rule book, that of divide and conquer, it will not succeed," said Susie Lees of GE Free NZ to which the Nelson group is affiliated," the GE Free Nelson group have now been recognised within Nelson's local community."

The Royal Commission suggested GE Free zones could be instigated to ensure organic production could continue unimpeded. The government has made no reference to this in its reponse to the report. GE Awareness Nelson will be pushing for implementation of local zoning.

" The different responses of the thousands of ordinary New Zealanders were not properly reflected in recent statements in the NZ Herald, the views of our organisation acknowledges the range of positions in the community.' says Susie Lees, "GE-Free NZ's will focus on actions with which all members can feel comfortable, our aim being to protect the public and our precious environment from unforseen damage."

"We will initially look at proposed legislation, and stricter controls to be implemented, and then at any applications to ERMA, and take the approval and planting of field trials on a case by case basis. We trust that government economic analysis of the threat from GE commercial release is completed before their "pragmatic" decision destroys our future," said Susie Lees, "the recent drop in the NZ dollar after the identification of a cross species infection emerging in the Waikato demonstrates the sensitivity of food exports to such outbreaks".

"Proposals to amend laws and the criteria for releases of GMOs with medical potential will have to be agreed before they are implemented, any potential for damage to public and environmental health will need to be closely scrutinised," said Susie Lees."We will also be watching carefully to ensure government does not ignore other Royal Commission recommendations including that to immediately fund consumer advertising about the GE food-labelling scheme and the right to know what GE foods are being hidden, unlabelled in takeaways, cafes and bakeries."

The government says a partial labelling regime is to begin on December 7th.
END

For more info:-Susie Lees 03 546 7966
Jon Carapiet :-09 815 3370

Nelson was the first city, in New Zealand, to be declared symbolically GE Free by council, in April this year. A 2 year campaign gaining over 4000 signatures to a petition and over 100 businesses support in the city, involved 2 close prior votes by council in 1999. The final vote was 8:3 in support with one abstention.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: Zimbabwe - Meet The New Bosses

At 75, Mnangagwa is not exactly what you’d call a new broom. As many observers have pointed out, his track record has been one of unswerving dedication to Mugabe ever since the days of anti-colonial insurgency...

The falling out with Mugabe two weeks ago came only after Mugabe attempted to build a dynastic succession around his wife, Grace. Mnangagwa fled to South Africa, from where he orchestrated an Army coup led by his long–time ally, General Constantino Chiwenga, head of the country’s armed forces. To these guys, things had to change in Zimbabwe, so that things could remain the same. More>>

 

Cullen To Chair: Tax Working Group Terms Of Reference Announced

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash today announced the Terms of Reference for the Tax Working Group and that the Group will be chaired by Sir Michael Cullen. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>

ALSO:

Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>

ALSO:

Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>

ALSO:

Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election