Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search


Organic Farmer Appears Before Royal Commission

22 November 2000 PR130/2000


Organic dairy farmer and Federated Farmers Vice President Tom Lambie today told the Royal Commission on Genetic Modification that as an organic farmer he did not consider GM technology a threat to his organic production.

Mr Lambie, who has been a large scale, certified organic dairy farmer since 1989, was supporting Federated Farmers submission on GM use in New Zealand.

"As a committed organic dairy farmer and as Vice-President, I cannot overemphasise the importance to New Zealand of adopting a policy that reinforces producers' right to adopt the most sustainable production system appropriate to their available resources."

"The challenges of coexistence of organic production with GM production are similar to the challenges intrinsic to the coexistence of organic and conventional production."

Mr Lambie said that he did not share concerns of some organic and conventional growers who believe that they will be disadvantaged by the use of GM in crops. "They believe that non-GE production cannot coexist with GM production. I think that is incorrect."

"Different production systems live side by side, right at this moment. The effects of activities can, and at times do, cross property boundaries. This is an everyday occurrence for things such as smells, and farmers modify their activities to minimise the effects."

"The effects from other activities such as pollen drift can present more serious challenges. These problems are ones that organic producers have to work with at present. The problem will not be new, should GM technology be used in field applications."

Speaking on wider issues, Mr Lambie said that, "New Zealand must not adopt a single 'organic strategy' believing that premiums can be captured. The Government should set in place a rational decision making procedure that allows case by case applications for GM use to proceed on a basis of sound risk management and good science."

"The concept of maintaining a ban on GM technology in order to obtain a market advantage is fundamentally flawed and will simply disadvantage New Zealand producers vis-à-vis our competitors."

"New Zealand must follow a policy that supports and reinforces the right of individuals and groups to adopt a range of specific farming policies," Mr Lambie concluded.

ENDS For further information: Tom Lambie 026-113-161 Catherine Petrey 04-473-7269

© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Voluntary Administration: Renaissance Brewing Up For Sale

Renaissance Brewing, the first local company to raise capital through equity crowdfunding, is up for sale after cash flow woes and product management issues led to the appointment of voluntary administrators. More>>


Approval: Northern Corridor Decision Released

The approval gives the green light to construction of the last link of Auckland’s Western Ring Route, providing an alternative route from South Auckland to the North Shore. More>>


Media Mega Merger: Full Steam Ahead For Appeal

New Zealand's two largest news publishers have confirmed they are committed to pursuing their appeal against the Commerce Commission's rejection of the proposal to merge their operations. More>>

Crown Accounts: $4.1 Billion Surplus

The New Zealand Government has achieved its third fiscal surplus in a row with the Crown accounts for the year ended 30 June 2017 showing an OBEGAL surplus of $4.1 billion, $2.2 billion stronger than last year, Finance Minister Steven Joyce says. More>>


Mycoplasma Bovis: One New Property Tests Positive

The newly identified property... was already under a Restricted Place notice under the Biosecurity Act. More>>

Accounting Scandal: Suspension Of Fuji Xerox From All-Of-Government Contract

General Manager of New Zealand Government Procurement John Ivil says, “FXNZ has been formally suspended from the Print Technology and Associated Services (PTAS) contract and terminated from the Office Supplies contract.” More>>