Labour Must Come Clean On GE Plans
Labour Must Come Clean On GE Plans After Europe Warns Of Destruction Of Organics
There is suspicion that US lobbying, support for farm subsidies and financing of PR to promote GE, may be linked to Labours support for GE releases. Labour seem to be refusing to listen to evidence from European and Mexican governments as to what is happening in the field.
" We want Labour to come clean on its policy. Will it protect consumer choice by requiring full labelling? Will it protect choice by preventing the spread of GE contamination to all food- conventional and organic? If government accepts 1% GE contamination there will be no choice. The evidence for any GE release is that it will spread as the Europeans are warning."said Jon Carapiet for GE Free NZ in Food and Environment.
" Labour say we have GE food already and that it is labelled. This is not true for many oils or food sold at restaurants, and labelling is already thereatened by possible US trade sanctions on Europe."
" It is not the Green Party ads that are misleading, but the Labour party policy that is likely to mislead. Labour is in disrray on this issue. Wa are hearing a lot of noise about the many Labour Party members who support a GE-Free policy to keep it in the lab. Helen Clark should heed them," said Mr Carapiet.
GM 'could kill off' organic farms
Gaby Hinsliff, chief political correspondent The Observer,
Sunday May 26, 2002 Organic farming in Britain could be
doomed if the Government approves the cultivation of
genetically modified crops, according to a European Union
report warning that it is 'virtually impossible' to stop
cross-contamination. Ministers are considering plans to
declare swaths of countryside 'GM free' - reserving other
regions for the controversial crops. The move is likely to
divide farmers and trigger local resistance aimed at
safeguarding non-GM food. 'Consumers want to know what they
are getting,' said Adrian Bebb, of Friends of the Earth.
'The Americans are upset because they have gone big time
into growing GM maize and they didn't look to see if they
had a market - and it turns out they don't.' The labelling
row will only increase fears over the threatened move
towards full commercial farming of GM crops in Britain when
current experiments finish in 2003.
GM threat to organic farming By Geoffrey Lean, Environment
Editor The Independent on Sunday, 26 May 2002 Organic
farming will be forced out of production in Britain and
across Europe if GM crops are grown commercially, a
startling new EU report concludes.