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Evidence Supports A Ban On The Release Of GMOs

Evidence Supports A Ban On The Release Of GMOs In New Zealand

13 March 2001, Wellington – After five months of submissions to the Royal Commission on Genetic Modification Greenpeace believes that the evidence clearly supports a ban on the release of GMOs into New Zealand’s environment.

Presenting its oral closing submission today, Greenpeace told the Commission a GE-free environment is necessary given the inherent unpredictability and irreversibility of GMOs in the environment.

“Greenpeace believes that the evidence placed before the Commission clearly shows that genetic engineering must be banned from the environment,” said Stephanie Howard, Greenpeace spokesperson.

The Commission heard of specific risks to the environment and breaches of containment in field trials in New Zealand. “This highlights the major risk to organics, conventional production and the general integrity of seed stocks by the uncontrollable spread of GMOs,” said Howard.

“A ban will not mean turning the clock back on science and technology. It is up to us to move forward on other paths that better reflect the needs and aspirations of our modern and evolving society, as has been reflected in the successes of organic farming,” said Howard.

The Royal Commission on Genetic Modification began its hearings on 16 October, 2000 in Wellington. It is hearing closing submissions this week and will report by 1 June 2001.

For more information contact: Tamsin Vuetilovoni 025 790 817

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