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

 


PM Minister Urged to Meet Hawaii Mayor to Learn About GM Ban

Prime Minister Urged to Meet Mayor of Hawaii to Learn About GM Ban (GE-Free NZ Press Release)

Prime Minister John Key, on holiday in Hawaii, should meet with Hawaii's Mayor to be briefed on the island's decision to prohibit GM crops (1).

In December 2013 Mayor William Kenoi of Hawaii County Council signed Bill 113 prohibiting biotech companies from growing any new genetically modified crops on the largest of Hawaii's islands.

“The Prime Minister should take a break from his holiday to hear about the ban and to understand why his government needs to protect New Zealand's GE-free status,” said Jon Carapiet, spokesman for GE-free NZ (in food and environment).

When signing Bill 113 Mayor Kenoi said “our community has a deep connection and respect for our land, and we all understand we must protect our island and preserve our precious natural resources. We are determined to do what is right for the land because this place is unlike any other in the world. With this new ordinance we are conveying that instead of global agribusiness corporations, we want to encourage and support community-based farming and ranching."

New Zealand's farming communities deserve similar protections, and there is backing for a moratorium on GMOs in the independent review of GM research by the Mcguiness Institute.(2)
“New Zealand's reputation for safe, natural food is hugely important. It will serve New Zealand well for John Key to speak with the Mayor of Hawaii, even if it takes him away from the golf course for a couple of hours,” said Jon Carapiet.

New Zealand's farming communities can also benefit from reviewing the independent science behind Hawaii's ban on GM crops (3) in the face of industry hype of GM crops. Other islands are also looking to protect their producers (4). 

"Today our communities expect that government will be as cautious as possible in protecting our food and water supplies... This ordinance expresses the desires and demands of our community for a safe, sustainable agricultural sector that can help feed our people while keeping our precious island productive and healthy," said Mayor Kenoi.

The same sentiments are true for New Zealand farming communities, producers and exporters.

There are clear benefits for New Zealand in keeping GM contamination out of the supply chain.

In the USA the fastest growing grocery category is for GM-free food (5).

1) http://hawaiicountymayor.com/2013/12/05/mayor-kenoi-signs-bill-113/
2) http://www.mcguinnessinstitute.org/site/publications/media_releases/media_release_29_august_2013.aspx
3) http://www.gmwatch.org/index.php/news/archive/2013/15143-the-science-behind-hawaii-s-gmo-bill-113
4) http://www.gmwatch.org/index.php/news/archive/2013/15212-hawaiian-islands-take-more-steps-to-limit-spread-of-gmos
5) http://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/Markets/Packaged-Facts-Non-GMO-foods-will-account-for-30-of-US-food-and-beverage-retail-sales-by-2017

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Sugar: Auckland Leisure Centres Axe Unhealthy Drinks

Auckland Council is to stop selling drinks that are sweetened by sugar from vending machines at its leisure centres in a bid to try to reduce obesity and type 2 diabetes... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Todd McClay’s Faulty Memory

Time and again, whenever an issue arises the initial response by government is to deny or diminish the problem – nothing to worry about here, everything’s OK, move on. Then, hang on. In line with the usual pattern, as embarrassing details emerged into daylight, the story changed. More>>

ALSO:

Labour's 'Future Of Work': Major Reform Of Careers And Apprenticeships

The next Labour Government will transform careers advice in high schools to ensure every student has a personalised career plan, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

State Investments Management: Treasury Likes IRD, Not Education Or Corrections

The Inland Revenue Department has scored an 'A' in the first tranche of the Treasury's investor confidence rating for state agencies that manage significant Crown investments and assets, gaining greater autonomy as a result, while the Corrections and Education ministries gained a 'C' rating. More>>

ALSO:

Govt Goal: NZ To Be "Predator Free" By 2050

Prime Minister John Key has today announced the Government has adopted the goal of New Zealand becoming Predator Free by 2050... “That’s why we have adopted this goal. Our ambition is that by 2050 every single part of New Zealand will be completely free of rats, stoats and possums." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The IOC’s Treatment Of Russian Sport, And Lone Wolf Terrorism

A blanket ban on Russian athletes would also have exposed the IOC to criticism that its treatment of Russia would have been marked contrast to its treatment say, of the track and field team from Kenya – a country about which the IOC has very similar doping concerns. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news