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


New Organisms Bill Select Committee

New Organisms Bill Select Committee

PSRG is extremely disturbed that Jeanette Fitzsimons is not on the Parliamentary Select Committee that is to consider the New Organisms Bill. Ms Fitzsimons is without doubt the most knowledgeable Member of Parliament in regard to genetic engineering biotechnology.

The New Organisms Bill will institute a new regulatory regime for the release of genetically engineered organisms (GEOs), starting in October, when there exists sound reasons for not releasing them into the environment.

Government support for biotechnology corporations is contrary to the majority of New Zealand farmers and public, and to sound scientific practice.

The genetic engineering biotechnology bubble has burst and at considerable cost in the main producing countries: the USA, Canada, Argentina and China. Yet the New Zealand government continues to meet the demands of the industry.

The New Organisms Bill implements the most questionable of all of the Royal Commission's recommendations. There is no solution to coexistence of crops. The problem of liability has been virtually ignored. No good economic reasons have been established for implementing the release. The allowance of "conditional release" is devious because government admit the conditions imposed on release may fail, but there will be no liability for that failure.

Release of GEOs will cost NZ, environmentally and economically. PSRG, along with the British Medical Association and others, believe there is ample evidence to indicate that GE crops pose serious risks to health and environment. Government should face this fact.

Keeping GE in the laboratory would save New Zealand the risk.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Alastair Thompson: Are There TPLF Ethiopia Insurgency Training & Support Operations in Uganda?

Mystery Document Alleges:
Covert Operation has US/Egypt Support
Operations Coordinated between South Sudan, TPLF and Uganda
Planning began December 2021...


Gordon Campbell: On National’s Ongoing Problems With Abortion

Despite Christopher Luxon’s assurances to the contrary, there is no such thing as “settled law” in New Zealand. Apart from the six provisions that are constitutionally entrenched, legislation can always be amended or overturned by a simple majority vote within our single chamber of Parliament. Luxon’s repeated use of the term “settled law” has been particularly tone deaf, given that several of the US Supreme Court justices used that very same term during their confirmation hearings...


Government: New Zealand Secures Major Free Trade Deal With European Union
New Zealand and the European Union have concluded negotiations on a major free trade agreement (FTA), which unlocks access to one of the world’s biggest and most lucrative markets... More>>


Government: New Measures To Help Manage COVID-19 As Country Stays At Orange
The Government is taking action to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in schools and early childhood services, COVID-19 Response Minster Dr Ayesha Verrall and Associate Education Minister Jan Tinetti announced today... More>>

Prime Minister: Remarks At NATO Summit
It is a rare thing to have New Zealand represented at a NATO Summit. While we have worked together in theatres such as Afghanistan, and have been partners for just on a decade, today represents an important moment for our Pacific nation... More>>

Government: New Era For Better Health In Aotearoa New Zealand

The Government has today delivered a nationwide health system that will ensure better outcomes for all New Zealanders with the establishment of Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand... More>>

Greens: Alcohol Harm Minimisation Bill Pulled From Biscuit Tin

After years of research and advocacy, Parliament will finally consider legislation to take meaningful action on alcohol harm, says the Greens... More>>

Government: Wellington’s Rapid Transit Option Progresses To Next Stage
The Government is progressing a preferred option for LGWM which will see Wellington’s transport links strengthened with light rail from Wellington Station to Island Bay... More>>




InfoPages News Channels