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Judicial review of ERMA’s cow decision welcomed


GE Free (Wairarapa) welcomes the judicial review of ERMA’s cow decision by Mothers against GE (MAdGE).

MAdGE has filed for a judicial review on the latest decision by ERMA. The application by AgResearch asked that approval be given to an indeterminate range of transgenic experiments using human, mouse, deer and sheep genes over ten years. The application to the ERMA Authority fell outside the legal parameters of the HSNO Act as no case-by -case details of the constructs were given. Claire Bleakley, GE Free (Waiarapa) said " The unwillingness for the Minister to call in the application due to its illegal grounds under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act (HSNO) shows a lack of judgement.

"The public of New Zealand are being treated like guinea pigs"

The application applied to raise the animals in a 45 hectare field with other transgenic animals with no scientific rigor to monitor and evaluate the effects on the environment, the field is open to birds, insects, rain and rodents. Ms Bleakley said "These out-door risky field trials would not be allowed to be carried out anywhere else in the world".

"The ERMA decision raised concerns over the effects of horizontal gene transfer and the ensuing illnesses that could be created". Claire Bleakley said and "Mothers are the ones who have to cope with family sickness. They have to run to budget and the worry of unsafe food is a real concern"

"Usually new additives to foods and medicines have to be guaranteed by comprehensive safety trials, to date this has not been done. It is time that the Government stopped being so cavalier in its attitude. It continues to breach its own legal grounds hoping that it will not be caught. It is time that the Government became accountable to the people of New Zealand and upheld the law. Well done MadGE".


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