Local Communities want Stricter Controls of GMOs

Press Release – GE Aware Nelson GE Aware Nelson is concerned that the Environment minister has chosen a fight with local councils and their ratepayers concerned about outdoor use of GMOs. In 2001 Nelson City Council voted to make Nelson a GE Free city, pre-empting the decision …8 August 2013 Local Communities want Stricter Controls of GMOs GE Aware Nelson is concerned that the Environment minister has chosen a fight with local councils and their ratepayers concerned about outdoor use of GMOs. In 2001 Nelson City Council voted to make Nelson a GE Free city, pre-empting the decision of the Royal Commission on Genetic Modification and their Report of 2001 to central government. The Labour government of the day then decided to proceed with caution. A key recommendation of the RCGM which stated that local councils could protect their existing non GM agricultural production by excluding GMO land use, resulted in councils around the country working towards precautionary and prohibitive GE policies in local plans. However, despite written confirmation in 2010 by our local MP Nick Smith that councils could “regulate or prevent outdoor use of GMOs” under the RMA, threats have recently been made by National minister Amy Adams that she will amend the RMA to block councils intentions. “We don’t need any more food scares – our standing as a producer of quality agricultural products and our...

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