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

 


Industry Trying to Use TPPA to Stop Labelling of GM Food

Industry Trying to Use TPPA to Stop Labelling of GM Food

A biotech industry group in the US has been pushing for the TransPacific Partnership agreement to prevent labelling of almost all GMO products and leave consumers in the dark.

A submission by BIO: Biotechnology Industry Organisations to the US trade negotiator at the TPP shows the push to shut down labelling of GM food began early on in the trade negotiations. There are fears that pressure from industry has continued behind closed doors and will lead to a sell out of consumers throughout the trade region.(1)(2)

BIO proposes overturning the right of member-states to label GM foods. The submission calls for a stop to labelling of most kinds of GM foods approved in New Zealand. It requires governments to accept them as 'substantially equivalent' to conventional foods.

The push mirrors other recent industry lobbying within the US to have GM foods labelled 'natural'.(3)

The industry submission also proposes that a code of silence be imposed on governments dealing with problems relating to GM crops. It seeks to require countries in the TPP agreement to do nothing that may harm the success of GM crops and require them to 'consult' with the US government.

"The effect is to deny consumers the right to know whether a product is GM or not, and to muzzle government regulators," said Jon Carapiet, national spokesman for GE-Free NZ in food and environment.

There is also a threat to New Zealand's economic success in being able to market GM-free food to the world. This includes undermining exports to the USA where non-GM foods are the fastest growing grocery sector and are set to become one third of the total US market.(4)

Trade Minister Tim Groser must commit to protecting people's choice not to eat GM food, and ensure the economic opportunity for New Zealand as a producer of clean, GM-free food, is not destroyed.

1) http://www.gefree.org.nz/assets/Biotech-Industry-Orgn-submission.pdf
2) http://www.bio.org/node/228
3)http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/press-releases/2890/center-for-food-safety-denounces-gmas-coalition-to-keep-consumers-in-the-dark-about-genetically-engineered-ge-foods#
4)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

2040 Target And Lower Standards: “Swimmable” Rivers Five Times More Likely To Make You Sick

Forest & Bird has condemned the government’s new water quality standards, warning New Zealanders that they lock in current levels of water pollution and allow for a 5-fold increase in the chance of getting sick from swimming in a river.

“Despite an explicit assurance from Minister Smith that the new water standards would provide for human and ecosystem health, he has failed to deliver on either of these things,” says Forest & Bird CEO Kevin Hague. More>>

 
 

Mayor: 750 New Social And Affordable Homes For Wellington

The next stage of Wellington’s Housing Upgrade Programme will see at least 750 new units of social and affordable housing built over the next decade, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

22/2: Christchurch Quake Memorial Unveiled

A city, a region, a nation and an international community impacted by the Canterbury Earthquakes will come together to mark the sixth anniversary of the deadly quake and dedicate Oi Manawa Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial. More>>

ALSO:


November Quakes:

Gordon Campbell: On The Mana-Maori Party Deal

If the self-interest involved wasn’t so blatant, the electorate deal between the Maori Party and Hone Harawira would be kind of poignant. It’s a bit like seeing the remaining members of Guns’n’Roses or the Eagles back on the road touring the nostalgia circuit… playing all the old hits of Maori unity and kaupapa Maori politics. More>>

ALSO:

Private Provision: First Social Bond To Focus On Mental Health

New Zealand’s first social bond will help around 1700 people with mental illness into work, Finance Minister Steven Joyce and Social Investment Minister Amy Adams say. More>>

ALSO:

Immigration: Short Reprieve For Nine Indian Students

A temporary hold on deportations of nine Indian students is a step in the right direction but the Government urgently needs to implement safeguards to stop further injustices to more international students, the Green Party says. More>>

EARLIER:


Megaupload Case: High Court Rules Dotcom, Co-Accused Eligible For Extradion

Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and his three co-accused are eligible for extradition to the United States, New Zealand's High Court ruled... Justice Murray Gilbert upheld a decision by the District Court that there were grounds for Dotcom, Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato to be extradited. More>>

ALSO:

PREVIOUSLY:

Port Hills Fire: Midday Update, Monday 20 February

• 9 homes destroyed
• 2 homes with partial damage. Damage includes things like cracked windows, heat damage.
• 3 properties with damage to other external structures e.g sheds or outbuildings More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news