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


GE corn reveals new MAF regime inadequate


GE corn reveals new MAF regime inadequate

Auckland, 9 August, 2002: The second incident of GE corn grown in New Zealand would not have been prevented under the new Ministry for Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) seed testing regime, Greenpeace stated today.

MAF will not test every shipment under its new regime. Shipments that have been tested overseas will not be tested in New Zealand before being allowed in. The seed in this case tested negative for GE in the USA.

“This reportedly contaminated corn would still have got in even if MAF’s new regime had been in place at the time,” said Steve Abel, GE campaigner today.

“When we are struggling to keep GE seed out of the country, how can we expect to manage GE field trials and commercial release? New Zealand must halt all field trials, maintain the moratorium, and test every seed import to protect our environment and economy.

“New Zealand must also stop importing seed from the USA. This is the second incident of GE corn contamination from the USA, after the first incident in 2000 was revealed in Nicky Hager’s book, Seeds of Distrust. New Zealand has no option but to seek a clean seed source, and the USA is clearly not it.

“This incident raises another questions about GE. Who is liable if neighbouring farms have been contaminated?” said Abel.


Steve Abel, Genetic Engineering Campaigner 021 565 175

Vanessa Atkinson, Communications Officer 025 927 301

Vanessa Atkinson

Communications Assistant

Greenpeace New Zealand

Mobile: +64 (0)25 927 301

Ph: +64 (0)9 6306 317 Ext: 325

Fax: +64 (0)9 630 7121

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced


Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election