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

 

GE Tree Planting Unacceptable Under Intl. Standard

GE tree Planting Unacceptable under International Standards

Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ P O Box 11-057, Wellington eco@reddfish.co.nz

Media Release - Wellington - Thursday 24 July 2003

Forest Research Institute GE tree Planting Unacceptable under International Standards

"Planting genetically engineered radiata pine and spruce trees is a waste of time and money because their products will not be acceptable under international plantation standards to which New Zealand companies are intending to work, says the Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ.

"The Forest Research Institute is out of touch with international wood product markets, says Cath Wallace, co-chair of ECO, a body of 65 member organisations.

"The international Forest Stewardship Council has a process for developing National Standards. The major forestry companies, environmental groups and others in New Zealand are working together to develop these for New Zealand.

The new standards must comply with the international FSC Principles and Criteria. Forestry companies want their exotic tree plantations to be certified as compliant to enhance their products' marketability and their market access.

The FSC Principles for the Standards are clear that trees must not be produced using genetic engineering. The FSC text says in Principle 6.8 that "The use of genetically modified organisms shall be prohibited". There is no leeway.

"Doubts about genetic engineering are not limited to New Zealand. Just as the European supermarkets are saying "no" to GE, so the Forest Stewardship Council Principles and Criteria have said since February 2000 at least that there is to be no GE for certified plantations.

"The Forest Research Institute is wasting time and money playing around with GE trees. When the consumers do not want GE, what's the point of planting GE with all the attendant risks?"

ENDS

For further information see www.fscoax.org, FSC Principles and Criteria, Document 1.2, Revised February 2000. Principle 6.8

Contact: Cath Wallace at 389-1696 or 463-5713.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Fuels Rushing In: Govt "Ready To Act" On Petrol Market Report

The Government will now take the Commerce Commission’s recommendations to Cabinet...
• A more transparent wholesale pricing regime • Greater contractual freedoms and fairer terms • Introducing an enforceable industry code of conduct • Improve transparency of premium grade fuel pricing... More>>

ALSO:

Reserve Bank Capital Review Decision: Increased Bank Capital Requirements

Governor Adrian Orr said the decisions to increase capital requirements are about making the banking system safer for all New Zealanders, and will ensure bank owners have a meaningful stake in their businesses. More>>

ALSO:

Aerospace: Christchurch Plan To Be NZ's Testbed

Christchurch aims to be at the centre of New Zealand’s burgeoning aerospace sector by 2025, according to the city’s aerospace strategic plan. More>>

ALSO:

EPA: Spill Sees Abatement Notice Served For Tamarind Taranaki

The notice was issued after a “sheen” on the sea surface was reported to regulators on Thursday 21 November, approximately 400 metres from the FPSO Umuroa. A survey commissioned by Tamarind has subsequently detected damage to the flowline connecting the Umuroa to the Tui 2H well. More>>

Taskforce Report: Changes Recommended For Winter Grazing

A Taskforce has made 11 recommendations to improve animal welfare in intensive winter grazing farm systems, the Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor confirmed today. More>>

ALSO: