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


MAF warned against downgrading ag produce

MAF warned against downgrading New Zealand's agricultural produce

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has been warned against downgrading the quality of New Zealand produce on the world market as a result of its proposals to allow some degree of contamination from the release of GE organisms.

The warning against lowering standards and undermining farm incomes and New Zealand's economy relates to failures already predicted for the co-existence management system being developed by MAF and open to public consultation till Friday.

The authorities admit that the system cannot keep the two kinds of agricultural production completely separate, and as a result it will progressively terminate GE-Free production. GE-free conventional and organic produce will be downgraded to a lower level of quality-standards as assessed by AgriQuality and the international food industry.

" MAF must not undermine profitability and market acceptance of New Zealand products by downgrading them from GE-Free to the lower "non-gm" standard used for food with limited amounts of GE contaminants", says Jon Carapiet from GE Free NZ in food and environment.

"There is no denying there is demand for GE-Free and this opportunity is to be preserved for future generations. It must not be sacrificed to speculation with GE resulting in contamination," he says

The warning is made in a submission to MAF from the national network of GE-Free groups including the Auckland GE-Free coalition which is organising a march in Auckland on Saturday 16th as a follow-up to last year's September 1st rally.

" It is becoming clear that despite good intentions MAF cannot make a genuinely effective coexistence system work and they must say so to government," warns Mr Carapiet.

" Our biotechnology strategy must preserve the opportunities of GE-free production. MAF must not fudge the issues by setting up a leaky half-baked system built on inadequate controls and last-minute fix-ups."

"A fake system would cost many millions of dollars but still not deliver. Farm exports, our international reputation, basic consumer rights and our environment would all be in peril."

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Whether Trump Is Likely To Be Impeached

'Tis the season to be jolly, and for wrapping a plea bargain under the Christmas tree for all ye formerly merry, Trump-connected gentlemen.

Reportedly, Michael Cohen, Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn have all been co-operating with the probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Flynn has done 19 interviews so far. So what chance has the Trump presidency got of surviving, all things considered? More>>


Dealing Crackdown, Addiction Support: Government Action On Synthetics

The NZ Drug Foundation has welcomed the Government’s response to synthetic drug deaths. The response strikes a balance between giving law enforcement the tools they need to target criminal networks and changing drug law to make it easier for people to access help when they need it. More>>


Strategy Committee Unanimous: Wellington To Forge Ahead With Convention Centre

The three-storey Cable Street building, with around 18,000-square metres of floor space, will comfortably be able to host 1500 people for conventions. It includes a 1651sq m exhibition area that will attract international exhibitions too big for nearby Te Papa and provide an always-changing visitor attraction. More>>


Surveying The Surveillance: First IGIS Review Of Warrants Under New Act

The report sets out the Inspector-General’s interpretation of the new warrant provisions under the ISA and her expectations of the GCSB and NZSIS when they prepare warrant applications. More>>

SSC: 2018 Public Service Workforce Data Published

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has published the 2018 Our People, Public Service Workforce Data , which shows the Public Service is making significant progress in important areas. More>>


Sinking Cap: Auctions, Permanent Forests, Added To ETS

The move to auctions, signalled in an August consultation paper, will help put a cap on the number of emission units available over time. Annual announcements, looking forward five years, will help provide certainty for scheme participants, she said. More>>


Joint Select Committee Report: Achieving Smokefree 2025

In a historic first for select committees, the Māori Affairs Committee and the Health Committee presented their joint report on achieving the Smokefree 2025 goal to the House on Tuesday, 11 December 2018. More>>

"Shared Interests And Democratic Values": Peters To Visit USA

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington D.C. for talks with US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and other senior members of the US Administration. More>>




InfoPages News Channels