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


It's wrong to seek ERMA judgement GE onions safety

Biotech industry wrong to seek ERMA judgement on Safety of GE onions

The Biotech industry are wrong to call for ERMA to adjudicate on the health impacts of GE onions and other GE foods already entering New Zealand.

ERMA are not responsible for testing GE foods or assessing the safety of GE products for human health. The issues raised concerning the soil-bacteria used for transfection of the new genes into the onions, and the impact of increased chemical residues in food have yet to be properly studied.

It is wrong to push for more GE field trials when there are yawning gaps in the basic data required and obtainable from fully-contained lab-experiments.

The investment in a product for which there is no market is also deeply flawed when investment in alternative research for improving organic production of onions has a clear and tangible benefit for New Zealand's exports.

The application for a field trial should be withdrawn until this "missing data" is produced and peer-reviewed. Before a field trial is applied for, Food Safety Authorities and ERMA need to have more information: what is the impact on soil biota from lab-experiments?, what is the impact on human health from the bacteria vector?, what is the impact of up to 200 times more chemical residue in human food, especially on children and the elderly?

© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


ScoopPro: Helping The Education Sector Get More Out Of Scoop

The ScoopPro professional license includes a suite of useful information tools for professional users of Scoop including some specifically for those in the education sector to make your Scoop experience better. More>>

Big Tax Bill Due: Destiny Church Charities Deregistered

The independent Charities Registration Board has decided to remove Destiny International Trust and Te Hahi o Nga Matamua Holdings Limited from the Charities Register on 20 December 2017 because of the charities’ persistent failure to meet their annual return obligations. More>>

57 Million Users' Data: Uber Breach "Utterly Preventatable"

Cybersecurity leader Centrify says the Uber data breach of 57 million customer and driver records - which the ride-hailing company hid for more than a year - was “utterly preventable”. More>>

Scoop 3.0: How You Can Help Scoop’s Evolution

We have big plans for 2018 as we look to expand our public interest journalism coverage, upgrade our publishing infrastructure and offer even more valuable business tools to commercial users of Scoop. More>>

Having A Cow? Dairy Product Prices Slide For Fourth Straight Auction

Dairy product prices fell at the Global Dairy Trade auction, retreating for the fourth straight auction amid signs of increased production... Whole milk powder fell 2.7 percent to US$2,778 a tonne. More>>


Statistics: Butter At Record $5.67/Block; High Vegetable Prices

Rising dairy prices have pushed food prices up 2.7 percent in the year to October 2017, Stats NZ said today. This followed a 3.0 percent increase in the year to September 2017. More>>


Science: New Research Finds Herbicides Cause Antibiotic Resistance

New University of Canterbury research confirms that the active ingredients of the commonly used herbicides, RoundUp, Kamba and 2,4-D (glyphosate, dicamba and 2,4-D, respectively), each alone cause antibiotic resistance at concentrations well below label application rates. More>>


  • Bill Bennett on Tech