Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search

 

GM & Conventional Crops Cannot Co-exist - Greens

Keeping genetic modification (GM) free areas alongside GM crops would be as untenable as maintaining possum free areas is now, Green Party Co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons says.

The recommendations of the Royal Commission on Genetic Modification, which advocates allowing GM field trials and establishing mechanisms to allow GM crops to coexist with organic and conventional crops, were released by Prime Minister Helen Clark this afternoon.

“It relies on the assumption that a genetically engineered organism will stay where you put it,” Ms Fitzsimons said.

“The Green Party doesn’t accept the recommendations. We were prepared to compromise, but this goes too far.”

The Green Party have supported allowing GM research in the laboratory, but opposes the release of GM organisms into the environment.

“I don’t consider it a balanced report. I find it hard to imagine them doing anything to take us further towards a genetic engineering future,” Ms Fitzsimons said.

Earlier, the Prime Minister, the Minister for the Environment Marian Hobbs and Science and Technology Minister Pete Hodgson all called the report balanced.

“We are not taking an extreme view, we are taking a moderate view” Ms Fitzsimons said.

Ms Fitzsimons said the Greens hoped to discuss the recommendations with the Government as soon as possible.

The Government is giving itself three months to consider the recommendations.

Mr Hodgson said the Government would consider requesting an extension of the voluntary moratorium on GM, due to end on August 31.

Ms Fitzsimons dismissed suggestions that the Greens may completely withdraw their support for the Labour/Alliance coalition in the house over the issue. “There are a whole lot of degrees of support for the government,” she said.

Ms Fitzsimons said that while the Green Party is disappointed with the recommendations of the commission, it hasn’t been a waste of time because public awareness of the issues has been raised.

“This has been our number one campaigning issue, its not going to go away.”

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 


Binoy Kampmark: A Looting Matter: Cambodia’s Stolen Antiquities

Cambodia has often featured in the Western imagination as a place of plunder and pilfering. Temples and artefacts of exquisite beauty have exercised the interest of adventurers and buccaneers who looted with almost kleptocratic tendency. In 1924, the French novelist and future statesman André Malraux, proved himself one of Europe’s greatest adventurers in making off with a ton of sacred stones from Angkor Wat... More>>



Dunne Speaks: Labour Leadership Speculation Premature And Facile
Speculation that the Prime Minister’s leadership of the Labour Party may be at risk because of this week’s adverse poll results is as exaggerated as it is premature and facile. While her popularity has plummeted from the artificially stellar heights of a couple of years ago and is probably set to fall further to what would be a more realistic assessment... More>>




Ian Powell: Colossal ‘Porkies’ And Band-aids Don’t Make A Health Workforce Plan

On 1 August Minister of Health Andrew Little announced what he described as the start of a plan for the beleaguered workforce in Aotearoa New Zealand’s health system: Government’s 5 year late health workforce announcement. In October 2017, when Labour became government with its two coalition parties, it inherited a health workforce crisis from the previous National-led government... More>>


Binoy Kampmark: The Fuss About Monkeypox
The World Health Organization has been one of the easier bodies to abuse. For parochial types, populist moaners and critics of international institutions, the WHO bore the brunt of criticisms from Donald Trump to Jair Bolsonaro. Being a key institution in identifying public health risks, it took time assessing the threat posed by SARS-CoV-2 and its disease, COVID-19... More>>

Dunne Speaks: Time For MPs To Think For Themselves
One of the more frequently quoted statements of the Irish statesman and philosopher, Edmund Burke, was his observation that “Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgement, and he betrays instead of serving you if he sacrifices it to your opinion.”... More>>