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GE Release: Time To Stop And Think

GE Release: Time To Stop And Think


PRESS RELEASE 22-6-02

GE RELEASE: TIME TO STOP AND THINK

Banners opposing the release of GE into the environment were this morning raised on the Dunedin Town Hall. Sadly this is the avenue left by a government that will not listen to the people. 62% of people are opposed to the release of Genetic Organisms into the environment. 92% of submissions to the Royal Commission opposed release, but the commission chose to ignore them.

The risks of GE release are too great. GE threatens the future of the country's economic base; agriculture ...both organic and conventional. Food safety has not been proven, and once released GE cannot be retreived. The threat posed to New Zealand's natural environment and clean green image is substantial.

In a world where Europe is rejecting GE and GE crops are stockpiled because no-one wishes to buy them ...and where organic demand has reached an all time high (organic apples selling at 5 times the price of conventional apples) the message is clear. New Zealand has a huge economic advantage waiting to be realised by going GE FREE.

GE poses a threat to democracy; the right for people to choose what they eat. The failure of labelling standards to be introduced is disgraceful, do we really wish to follow Australia wherever it goes?

Today, GE FREE Visibility Day, the people of New Zealand are urged to vote GE FREE and to refuse to buy products containing GE.


ENDS

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