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

 

Fatuous Defence: Australia’s Guided Missile Plans

Even in times of pandemic crises, some things never change. While Australia gurgles and bumbles slowly with its COVID-19 vaccine rollout, there are other priorities at stake. Threat inflators are receiving much interest in defence, and the media ... More>>

Richard S. Ehrlich: Cambodia's Hun Sen Feels Politically Vaccinated

BANGKOK, Thailand -- When Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen received his AstraZeneca vaccination shot, he suddenly felt invulnerable and vowed to rule indefinitely. Hun Sen is already one of the world's longest ruling prime ministers, confident his successor ... More>>

Reese Erlich: Foreign Correspondent: My Final Column?

I’m dying. It’s not easy to write these words. But it’s true. More>>

Binoy Kampmark: Brawling Over Vaccines: Export Bans And The EU’s Bungled Rollout
The European Union has been keeping up appearances in encouraging the equitable distribution of vaccines to combat SARS-CoV-2 and its disease, COVID-19. Numerous statements speak to the need to back the COVAX scheme, to ensure equity and that no one state misses out... More>>

Jennifer S. Hunt: Trump Evades Conviction Again As Republicans Opt For Self-Preservation

By Jennifer S. Hunt Lecturer in Security Studies, Australian National University Twice-impeached former US President Donald Trump has evaded conviction once more. On the fourth day of the impeachment trial, the Senate verdict is in . Voting guilty: ... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: Let The Investigation Begin: The International Criminal Court, Israel And The Palestinian Territories

International tribunals tend to be praised, in principle, by those they avoid investigating. Once interest shifts to those parties, such bodies become the subject of accusations: bias, politicisation, crude arbitrariness. The United States, whose legal and political ... More>>