Answers Wanted Over Suspected Hidden Agenda
Answers Wanted Over Suspected Hidden Agenda As Human-Cow GE Application "Disappears"
GE-Free NZ supporters are
demanding bureaucrats and government ministers explain why
records relating to a major GE experiment have disappeared
from the internet.
They are concerned that the sudden and secret withdrawal of an application for a major Genetic Engineering project signals a hidden agenda or political pressure to block public debate of the research.
application has literally disappeared from the ERMA website,
but existing hard-copies of the application reveal that it
included disposing of GM animal waste by spraying waste over
the fields, burying dead animals rather than incineration,
selling meat from cows carrying the GE foetuses into the normal food chain.
ERMA have issued a memo that AgResearch has withdrawn its application GMD01194 and that ERMA will not take the application any further. ERMA’s methodology is also under review at present including its public consultation processes.
" It seems suspicious to
suddenly have this application disappear. It has been
submissions received. It is in the public interest that the issues be debated," said Jon Carapiet of GE-Free NZ ( In Food and Environment).
"We are demanding
an explanation. ERMA and government officials need to show
us that political pressure or a hidden agenda is not
operating to avoid public debate of important
It is especially suspicious as the Select Committee report on the HSNO amendment Bill now before parliament allowed the experiment an exemption to the new rules.
" The exemption allowed by the Select Committee
must not be an excuse to avoid attempts at safety and
containment protocols now being introduced. The
thing is so secretive that it is no wonder the concerned public smell a rat."
There is also concern that
AgResearch has indicated that it may submit an application
some time in the future for the same or similar to GMD01194.
"The public want to know the answer to the question - is this kind of experimentation good for New Zealand? And we need to know now" said Jon.