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

 


'Corngate Report ' A Step In Right Direction

19 October 2004

"The Select Committee recommendation to abandon zero tolerance in its purest form for genetically modified (GM) imported seed is a step in the right direction,” Chairman of the Life Sciences Network Dr William Rolleston said today.

The recommendation was made by the Local Government and Environment Select Committee, who have issued their report into the alleged release of genetically modified (GM) corn in 2000.

“We support the Committees’ recommendation that companies importing seed that complies with GM importation requirements should not be punished if their crops are subsequently found to contain GM plants.

"Until now any discovery of GM presence has resulted in considerable expense, as biosecurity teams have swooped to destroy crops which have been approved as safe and eligible for import by New Zealand’s trading partners, including the United States, Japan and Europe.

“This over-reaction not only damages our image overseas, but also drags scarce resources away from managing the real risks of foot and mouth and BSE.

“In addition, a zero tolerance policy in GM crop imports undermines our reputation as a country which values sound science.

“The Committee’s recommendation is a signal for New Zealand’s Government to implement an importation regime, (including tolerance levels), which reflects the actual risk to our health and environment,” concluded Dr Rolleston.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

I Sing The Highway Electric: Charge Net NZ To Connect New Zealand

BMW is turning Middle Earth electric after today announcing a substantial contribution to the charging network Charge Net NZ. This landmark partnership will enable Kiwis to drive their electric vehicles (EVs) right across New Zealand through the installation of a fast charging highway stretching from Kaitaia to Invercargill. More>>

ALSO:

Watch This Space: Mahia Rocket Lab Launch Site Officially Opened

Economic Development Minster Steven Joyce today opened New Zealand’s first orbital launch site, Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1, on the Mahia Peninsula on the North Island’s east coast. More>>

Earlier:

Marketing Rocks!
Ig Nobel Award Winners Assess The Personality Of Rocks

A Massey University marketing lecturer has received the 2016 Ig Nobel Prize for economics for a research project that asked university students to describe the “brand personalities” of three rocks. More>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

Half A Billion Accounts, Including Xtra: 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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sci-Tech
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news