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


"Breakthrough in wine research" Bio-Sci Fiction

"Breakthrough in wine research" Fiction

Dear Editor

On the 24th of March, 2004, "Bioscience News & Advocate" sent a Press Release to Scoop, containing a number of "daily highlights"

(BioScience News and Advocate Daily Highlights 24/3 Wednesday, 24 March 2004, 5:11 pm Press Release: BioScience News and Advocate)

Item no. 5, grandly entitled: "Breakthrough in wine research" is actually a fictional piece written by Keith Sommnet in the latest issue of the Listener (see p. 42, "FRUIT LOOPS", 27 March 2004 issue) as a spoof on proGE spin & fantasies.

How did "Bioscience News & Advocate" (with its ties to the organisation previously known as the "NZ Life Sciences Network") go from the sly nonsense of "FRUIT LOOPS" to triumphant crowing about an alleged "Breakthrough in wine research"?

Are they that anxious to find some good news about GE to share? It certainly makes Northland primary producers like ourselves question the authenticity of other items they post, like (let's see...6. "Customer satisfaction high, Monsanto says")

There is no "Busby Institute of Biotechnology" in Kerikeri, only one botched GE field trial site (all that remains of HortResearch's problematic GE tamarillo trial that the Royal Commission on Genetic Modification singled out for criticism in its 2001 report, supporting the concerns of the public and stating that the containment was inadequate*).

The "BREAKTHROUGH IN WINE RESEARCH" article is still listed under "Agriculture & Food" on the "Bioscience News & Advocate" site

Zelka Grammer
Chairperson, GE FREE NORTHLAND in Food & Environment

*see Chapter 6, p. 123, RCGM Report July 2001

The Royal Commission into Genetic Modification supported the concerns of local Northlanders, stating that "We heard considerable public doubt about the adequacy of the containment of this trial. The Commission considers that this public concern was justified" and recommended that all transgenic material should be removed from the site.

However, the government failed to fund independent testing and cleanup of the contaminated Kerikeri site (effectively ignoring the concerns of independent scientists and Northlanders, refusing to learn from mistakes, and creating ill will and distrust of GE experiments in the community).

© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Nurofen Promotion: Reckitt Benckiser To Plead Guilty To Misleading Ads

Reckitt Benckiser (New Zealand) intends to plead guilty to charges of misleading consumers over the way it promoted a range of Nurofen products, the Commerce Commission says. More>>


Half A Billion Accounts: Yahoo Confirms Huge Data Breach

The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. More>>

Rural Branches: Westpac To Close 19 Branches, ANZ Looks At 7

Westpac confirms it will close nineteen branches across the country; ANZ closes its Ngaruawahia branch and is consulting on plans to close six more branches; The bank workers union says many of its members are nervous about their futures and asking ... More>>

Interest Rates: RBNZ's Wheeler Keeps OCR At 2%

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate at 2 percent and said more easing will be needed to get inflation back within the target band. More>>


Half Full: Fonterra Raises Forecast Payout As Global Supply Shrinks

Fonterra Cooperative Group, the dairy processor which will announce annual earnings tomorrow, hiked its forecast payout to farmers by 50 cents per kilogram of milk solids as global supply continues to decline, helping prop up dairy prices. More>>



Meat Trade: Silver Fern Farms Gets Green Light For Shanghai Maling Deal

The government has given the green light for China's Shanghai Maling Aquarius to acquire half of Silver Fern Farms, New Zealand's biggest meat company, with ministers satisfied it will deliver "substantial and identifiable benefit". More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news