Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Novartis Bows to Consumer Pressure

Novartis Bows to Consumer Pressure and Stops Producing Genetically Engineered Food

Novartis, one of the world’s leading producers of genetically engineered seeds, has informed Greenpeace that it will no longer use genetically engineered ingredients (GE) in its food products worldwide. Novartis is the first multinational company to commit to non-GE standard in food globally.

The letter to Greenpeace from Novartis’ Consumer Health Department in Belgium confirmed that on 30th June 2000, the company stopped producing food containing GE-ingredients in its own brands. The production of a candy bar “Cereal Chocosoja” has been stopped as no guarantee of its non-GE quality could be given.

Greenpeace applauds Novartis’ decision to give equal right to all consumers worldwide to have access to GE free food.

“Novartis has taken the lead to abolish the common practice of double standards, when high quality GE-free food is sold to the consumers in Europe, and unlabelled genetically engineered food is sold to consumers elsewhere such as in the Americas and Asia. Greenpeace demands other food producers follow this example,” said Isabelle Meister, Greenpeace International Genetic Engineering Campaigner.

Although Novartis has committed to use non-GE ingredients in its own food brands, the same company is still producing and selling genetically modified Bt maize to the farmers and is still, therefore, contaminating the food chain and the environment. One of the Novartis Bt maize crops has been banned in several European countries because of environmental and health concerns but the company has so far refused to withdraw it from the market.

“Novartis should also recognise the environmental risks its GE-agricultural products carry, and become consistent in its policy by stopping the production and sale of GE-seeds,” Meister added.

“Greenpeace calls on all global food producers to demolish their double standards on selling GE-food, especially companies such as Nestle who continue to ignore consumer demand for GE-free food in New Zealand whilst guaranteeing GE-free food in Europe” said Annette Cotter, GE campaigner for Greenpeace in New Zealand.

For more information:
Annette Cotter, Greenpeace NZ GE Campaigner - 09 630 6317 or 025 927 301; Isabelle Meister, Greenpeace International Genetic Engineering Campaigner - (mobile): +41-794184455 or +31 20 5249516; Teresa Merilainen, Greenpeace International, Media Officer, Tel: +31 20 523 6637 or +31 625 031001.

Novartis letter to Greenpeace (in French) is available on Greenpeace web site: http://www.greenpeace.org

Clipreel footage of Greenpeace actions targeting Novartis in France, Germany, Switzerland and Luxembourg are available from Teresa Merilainen in Amsterdam.

Pictures are available on request from Annette Cotter.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Epic Fails Of Kris Faafoi

Ever since Winston Peters first breathed life into this government in 2018, its own branding has been all about social justice and how we all need to be “kind” to each other. Somehow, Kris Faafoi must have missed the memo. His performance in the immigration portfolio (in particular) has neither been kind nor just, especially to the migrants whose skills New Zealand will need to get us through Covid, and grow the economy into the future... More>>

Covid-19 & Government: Government Green Lights Rapid Antigen Testing

Some of the country’s largest businesses have put in an order for 300,000 approved rapid antigen tests for their workforce, after working at pace with the Government on a new scheme unveiled by Associate Minister of Health and Research, Science and Innovation Ayesha Verrall... More>>



Government: Opportunity To Shape NZ’s First Emissions Reduction Plan
The Government is inviting New Zealanders to inform the country’s first Emissions Reduction Plan with the release of a consultation document containing a range of policy ideas to decrease the country’s emissions, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Climate Change Minister James Shaw announced today... More>>


Government: Books Show Resilient And Strong Economy
The end of year audited Crown accounts released today show the Government’s health led approach to the COVID-19 pandemic has protected New Zealand’s economy. “On almost every indicator the accounts show that the New Zealand economy has performed better than forecast... More>>

Healthcare: Health System Is Ready For Assisted-dying Law
The health system is ready for the implementation of the End of Life Choice Act when it takes effect next month, making assisted dying legal in New Zealand, Health Minister Andrew Little said today... More>>


Government: Mandatory Vaccination For Two Workforces

Large parts of two workforces critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19 will be required to be vaccinated, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “Our education and health and disability workforces have done an incredible job throughout this pandemic to keep themselves and people safe,” Chris Hipkins said.... More>>

Green Party: Deeply Concerned Space Launches May Be Breaching Nuclear-free Laws

The Green Party is deeply concerned that space launches by Rocket Lab may be breaching nuclear-free laws, given our long-standing position as a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty... More>>

Children's Commissioner: Call For Mandatory Vaccination Of Children’s Workforce
The Children’s Commissioner and Assistant Māori Commissioner are calling for a plan for the mandatory vaccination of teachers and the entire children’s workforce in New Zealand... More>>




InfoPages News Channels