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GE Free New Zealand in Food and Environment


GE Free New Zealand in Food and Environment

Contamination fears realised, but NZ government continues to ignore overseas reports.

Labour led government seems set on economic sabotage for this country by its irrational policy to release GMO's in NZ in nine months time. This despite recent reports of more contamination of both food and crops with GE, government consistently refuses to acknowledge evidence, opting apparently instead to plough more millions of taxpayer dollars into GE research.

Recent reports show the UK, EU and Japan continue to refuse GE food and that contamination is likely to occur where in countries where GE crops are grown.

One of the reports on GE canola by the National Institute of Agricultural Botany, in Cambridge, UK found that "if one spilled GE canola seed was left in the ground per square metre and produced a plant the next year, these GM "volunteers" would give contamination rates in conventional crops planted in the same field of between 0.6% and 1.5% depending on variety. This would render them outside EU limits for labelling as conventional crops." Volunteer plants came up four years running after the original GM oilseed rape was sown, the report also stating: "If transgenic oilseed rape is grown on a large scale in the UK, then gene flow will occur between fields, farms and across landscapes."

"Corngate may well have allowed this to happen with GE maize in New Zealand already, and the fiasco with Pacific seeds too; it seems the regulatory authorities MAF and ERMA just won't get their act together!" said Susie Lees from GE Free New Zealand in Food and Environment. "The government and their regulatory agencies continue to be complacent in their attitude towards GE contamination and appear to buy into the arguments of the pro GE lobby despite unsubstantiated claims surrounding its safety."

Recent funding by the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology looks set to promote GE research into milk, timber and pasture, by approving research partnerships with the private sector companies and research organisations. The uncertain market for GE products may well make for a poor investment on behalf of the NZ taxpayer, but ensure benefits for corporations without a ready market.

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