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


GM Menagerie Puts Reputation At Risk

Genetically Modified Menagerie Puts Reputation At Risk

Thursday, October 30 , 2008

Organics Aotearoa New Zealand (OANZ) has lodged a submission to the Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA) opposing AgResearch's application to introduce a range of genetically modified animals, saying that it would undermine ERMA's authority and risks New Zealand's 'clean green' international reputation.

OANZ Chief Executive Officer, Dr Jon Tanner, also criticized AgResearch's applications as seeking unrestricted time limits for a number of farms around the country to raise a genetically modified menagerie.

"This application is so broad that it provides no oversight on what kinds of animals would be raised where or when - undermining the transparency, accountability and independence that Kiwis demand from ERMA", Dr Tanner said.

"The inter-governmental International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development report from April 2008 identifies that genetic modification globally is not resulting in the productivity gains which scientists predicted would be possible. This report is endorsed by many of New Zealand's major trading partner governments, particularly in Europe.

"Our international trade and tourism relies on New Zealand's reputation as responsible environmental stewards. ERMA is being asked to risk this on the basis of phantom productivity gains and the vague promise of potential pharmaceuticals - at least some of which AgResearch's application admits could be made without genetic modification.

"The future of farming lies in high-value premium productions - including certified organics - rather than 'lowest common denominator' genetically modified products which are expensive, risky and controversial to both develop and bring to market.

"By turning down genetic modification field trials, New Zealand stands to gain a competitive advantage over other countries which have already forfeited their food chain to GM contamination.

"New Zealand is at a crossroads between championing sustainable agriculture - which provides premium prices, ensures the integrity of our food chain and builds on our international environmental reputation - and continuing the 'race to the bottom' of farmers working ever-harder to produce standard commodities", Dr Tanner said.

The submission is available from OANZ's website - www.oanz.org.nz - or by emailing info@oanz.org.nz.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And Times Of Peter Dunne

In the end, Mr Pragmatic calmly read the signs of impending defeat and went out on his own terms. You could use any number of clichés to describe Peter Dunne’s exit from Parliament.

The unkind might talk of sinking ships, others could be more reminded of a loaded revolver left on the desk by his Cabinet colleagues as they closed the door behind them, now that the polls in Ohariu had confirmed he was no longer of much use to National. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>


Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

Speaking as someone who has seen better times and nowadays mostly operates by being really annoying and humiliating to deal with, I have some fellow feeling with the current system, so I’ll take this chance to set a few things straight.. More>>


Deregistered: Independent Board Decision On Family First

The Board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable... More>>


Transport Policies: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>


Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>


Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election