Mothers ask important
questions about GE cows
Auckland, Friday 17 January 2003: Greenpeace today expressed its support for the proceedings filed in the High Court by Mothers Against Genetic Engineering (MAdGE) against AgResearch’s human-gene-cow experiment approved by ERMA last year.
MAdGE has deep concerns about the environmental, economic and health risks of the controversial GE cow experiment and is strongly challenging the idea that New Zealand’s regulatory system is being been applied with appropriate rigour.
Greenpeace was one of over 800 submitters who opposed the AgResearch experiment last year, and questioned the direction of the Government’s research stating that the experiment “opened the farm gate to GE cows and GE milk for human consumption.”
“Important questions about the environmental impacts, potentials for new diseases and ethical and economic impacts of GE remain unanswered by the Environmental Risk Management Authority’s approval process. ERMA has approved all applications to date and admitted to lacking sufficient expertise or knowledge to deal with mandatory ethical considerations,” said GE campaigner, Steve Abel.
“These are very concerning gaps in New Zealand’s regulatory rigour as ERMA faces a potential inundation of applications for release of GE crops and animals towards the end of this year when the moratorium on commercial release is due to be lifted, ” said Abel.
Greenpeace campaigns against the release of genetically engineered organisms into the environment and food chain.
Steve Abel GE Campaigner 021 565 175 Brendan Lynch Media Officer 021 790 817.