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

 

Time NZ exercised its right to ban GE crops

GE Free New Zealand
www.gefree.org.nz

GE Free New Zealand PRESS RELEASE – 7.10.03

Time New Zealand exercised its right to ban GE crops until safety issues overcome.

The GE Issue has moved from a purely economic view to the moral and ethical issues on the health of communities and their environments.

The leaked paper on field scale trials in England revealed that GE sugar beet and GE rape/canola were damaging to the environment regardless of their use as human or animal feed. Their threat to biodiversity even made the European commission in Brussels concede that the UK could ban GE crops without breaching the EU rules.

The EU Health and Consumer Protection Commissioner David Byrne is reported to have said that the threat to biodiversity would be treated as a matter of subsidiarity and therefore individual member states could make their own decisions.

A study printed last month by Russian Academy of Sciences' Institute of Nutrition has found that GE Beetroot and GE potatoes caused liver and weight changes in rats.

http://www.hindu.com/2003/09/17/stories/2003091700491500.htm

This has backed up the findings of Dr's Pusztai and Ewen in 2000 and earlier 1994-5 studies by Monsanto on the dangerous health implications of GE foods. Release of GE moratorium cannot be allowed to go ahead until a true longterm picture of the effects on GE ingestion is completed.

"The Minister Annette King has been conspicuously absent in the GE food debate". said Claire Bleakley, GE Free(NZ) in food and environment " Her lack of participation in this debate shows what kind of concern she has for the New Zealand public. She should be refusing to let GE foods onto our shelves unlabelled and unproven. Our children are our future we cannot compromise their future, by using them as guinea pigs."

Health impacts on people working with GE animals and crops also continue to be ignored as an area important for monitoring despite warnings from medical professionals including the British Medical Association.

ENDS

Contact: Claire Bleakley (06) 3089842
References:( see attachment for full article)

Cancer Risk Exceeds Outlook in Gene Therapy, Studies Find

By ANDREW POLLACK

Monsanto Glyphosate-Tolerant Canola line GT200.BNF000077 (2002)
Netherwood et al, (2002) Transgenes in genetically modified Soya survive passage through the human small bowel but are completely degraded through the colon. Dept: of Biological and Nutritional Sciences, Universtiy of Newcastle upon Tyne.
Pusztai, A; Ewen, S: 2000, Lancet
Russian Academy of Sciences' Institute of Nutrition
http://www.hindu.com/2003/09/17/stories/2003091700491500.htm

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Maritime Union: Deepening Supply Chain Crisis Requires Action

Maritime Union of New Zealand National Secretary Craig Harrison says the global COVID-19 pandemic exposed pre-existing weaknesses in our logistics sector, and created enormous problems... More>>



Air New Zealand: Employees Recognised With $1,000 Share Award

The efforts Air New Zealand employees made during one of the airline’s toughest years will be recognised via an award of $1,000 worth of company shares to all permanent employees... More>>

Consumer NZ: Bank Complaints On The Rise, Survey Shows

Nearly one in five Kiwis had a problem with their bank in the past year, Consumer NZ’s latest satisfaction survey finds. Consumer NZ chief executive Jon Duffy said the number of bank customers reporting problems had jumped to 18%, up from 11% in 2020... More>>

Mercury: Enters Into Binding Agreements To Acquire Trustpower’s Retail Business

Mercury NZ Limited (Mercury) has announced that it has entered into binding agreements with Trustpower Limited (Trustpower, NZX:TPW) to acquire Trustpower’s retail business for NZ$441 million... More>>

ALSO:


ASB: New Zealanders Missing Out On Hundreds Of Millions In KiwiSaver Government Contributions

New Zealanders have just over a week to ensure they’re eligible for the maximum annual government KiwiSaver contribution... More>>


Stats NZ: GDP Climbs 1.6 Percent In March 2021 Quarter Following December Dip

Gross domestic product (GDP) rose by 1.6 percent in the March 2021 quarter, following a 1.0 percent fall in the December 2020 quarter, Stats NZ said today. "After an easing of economic activity in the December quarter, we’ve seen broad-based growth in the first quarter of 2021... More>>