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

 


Dairy farmers and consumers at risk from unapproved GE Grain

Dairy farmers and consumers at risk from unapproved DDG GE Grain


The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) must immediately test all maize and soy for presence of unapproved GE lines coming from the Americas.

New Zealand is being used as a dumping ground for major quantities of both GE soy and maize (dried distillers grain DDG) to be used for calf, pig and chicken feed. Since China has refused to import DDG due to its unapproved safety status, New Zealand has jumped at the opportunity to import the cheaper untested GE product for its animals.[1]

“Farmers are at the front end of our economy and using GE feed this calving season could be disastrous. Yet again Inghams is one of the leading importers using grain from these shipments," said Claire Bleakley, president of GE Free NZ.

“The people supposed to be caring for our biosecurity are asleep at the wheel. Increased levels of pesticide residues and toxins in feed pose a danger to all of New Zealand’s economy and livelihoods of farmers. The Ministry of Primary Industries appears to have an 'anything goes' policy and are not even testing this grain for residues that could harm the whole industry."

Reports say that New Zealand has imported over 100000 tonnes of GE maize and soy since February.

Zealand trade benefits from being a GE-free agricultural economy and this type of feed will further undermine the economy and the health of animals and consumers.

It is known by authorities that GE DNA can cross the gut barrier and has been found in the meat, milk and embryos of animals and humans.

Argentina’s GE cultivated areas increased 50%, and the loading of toxic agrochemicals increased 858%. There are three main herbicides used, glufosinate, glyphosate and 2,4-D.

When the Australia/New Zealand’s Food Standards (FSANZ) Authority approves GE foods it does not assess the related chemicals and does not require ingestion studies to be conducted by applicants to show if their GE products are safe for either human or animal consumption.

The imports are adding 'dirty feed' to a system already struggling to address issues of 'dirty dairying'.

At a recent conference in China Argentinian Doctor Avila-Vazquez, Physician, Paediatrician and Neonatologist at the Faculty of Medical Sciences, National University of Cordoba, warned of chronic detrimental health effects of GE crops and their related pesticides. In the four years between 2004 -2008 cancer rates in regions with GE production have increased by 45%.

Increases in reproductive disorders, spontaneous abortions, children born with congenital abnormalities like Spina Bifida and Downs Syndrome have reached epidemic levels. [2]

U.S. Professor Huber confirmed this from his study in the Yakima Valley (2014), where in the last few years the GE planted valley has suffered a rise in congenital defects like anencephaly. [3]

It is urgent that The Ministry of Primary Industries protects the health of consumers and animals by properly regulating imports and testing consignments coming into the country to see if the grains are approved GE lines and the chemical residue levels are within the safe limits.

MPI have a moral duty to do so, as farmers and consumers have been left in the dark. There is no legal requirement to label foods derived from animals raised on these GE products, so enforcement of basic safety standards is vital, yet is being ignored by officials.

Consumers are angry at the way the MPI are turning a blind eye to the deleterious effects of pesticide-laden GE animal foods.

References:

[1] http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/31/usa-corn-ddgs-idUSL2N0KA0UQ20131231

[2] http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2013/10/agrochemical_spraying_in_argen.html

[3] http://farmwars.info/?p=11796

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Two Years With New Methods: Crime Stats Show Increase Led By Burglary

The two years of data show an increase in the total victimisation rate of 3.1 per cent, with 12,060 more victimisations in the 2015/16 year when compared to 2014/15 year. From this increase, 72 per cent is attributable to burglaries. More>>

ALSO:

Auckland Relocation Grants: 12 Grants Paid So Far

Since the policy took effect one month ago, 12 applicants have received the non-recoverable grant, supporting 32 people. $54,508 has been paid out, covering things like moving costs, bond, rent in advance and letting fees. More>>

ALSO:

Vaccine Funding Change: HPV Vaccines For All Children

PHARMAC has today announced changes to funded vaccines, which will benefit an extra 100,000 people... The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine will be available for all children and adults up to the age of 26 years, and boys will now be included in the HPV school vaccination programme. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Why The Opinion Polls For Key And Trump Defy Gravity

What is going on? Donald Trump got confirmed as the Republican presidential candidate at a bizarrely chaotic political convention… and promptly received an upwards bump in the polls to where he’s now rating ahead of Hillary Clinton, for only the second time this year. More>>

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:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news