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

 

GE debate bigger than electioneering

GE debate bigger than electioneering

Friday 14 June, Auckland. Political posturing is further degrading the quality of debate on genetic engineering said Greenpeace today.

“The Prime Minister’s reported comments at the Agricultural Field Days regarding GE were misleading and scientifically ignorant,” said Annette Cotter, GE Campaigner for Greenpeace.

“To imply that opposition to GE in food and the environment is anti science is like saying that opposition to nuclear weapons or energy is anti-science.

“The assumption that agriculture can only advance through the use of genetic engineering reduces science to one poorly understood discipline.

“The canvas on which science and agriculture meet is vast. Genetic engineering is only a small potential part of that canvas and one that has proven very problematic environmentally and is losing market share around the world.

“The Prime Minister’s comments are not based on good science, or economic insight, rather they are political gainsaying. However, the Labour Party has underestimated the level of concern about GE that exists in the public domain.

“Supporters of political parties across the spectrum are opposed to GE in their food and the environment. The Prime Minister is wrong to treat GE as an issue for people of one political affiliation.

“It is time that the issue of GE was addressed, and people’s concerns acknowledged. For too long, it has been ‘business as usual’ with field trials and GE food allowed in NZ. If all political parties want to be truly representative of the population, calling for a GE free NZ is the only position to take.”

Contact Annette Cotter, 021 565 175, or Brendan Lynch 021 790 817

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

PM's Press Conference: Pike Re-Entry Agency

At today's post-cabinet press conference Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was joined by Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little to announce plans for the new agency for re-entry of the mine.

The Pike River Recovery Agency, Te Kahui Whakamana Rua Tekau ma Iwa, will be officially established on 31 January 2018 and will work with the Pike River families with the intention of manned entry of the drift before March 2019. More>>

 

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>>

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>

ALSO:

Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>

ALSO:

Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>

ALSO:

Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election