Tag: GE Free NZ

NZ’s Marketing Difference for Exports Jeopardised by TPPA

Press Release – GE Free NZ The text of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) is to be released in the next 30 days, but an outline on agricultural products shows New Zealand’s marketing difference underpinning our exports could be lost in the deal.GE Free New Zealand In Food And Environment Inc. PO Box 13402, Wellington, NZ NZ’s Marketing Difference for Exports Jeopardised by TPPA (GE Free NZ Press release) The text of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) is to be released in the next 30 days, but an outline on agricultural products shows New Zealand’s marketing difference underpinning our exports could be lost in the deal. By agreeing to the elimination of restrictive policies and to promote reforms limiting the timeframes allowed for restrictions on food exports [1] New Zealand could be pushed into compromising our zero tolerance for genetically engineered (GE) seeds for cultivation. Allowing contamination in our fields will destroy a key foundation of our export reputation for clean, safe food that overseas markets want. USDA Agricultural Secretary, Tom Vilsack, has said that science-based determinations will be used to regulate process around GE organisms, but also says that discussions should be had on the appropriate thresholds of GE contamination. [2] “This is highly concerning, as New Zealand currently has zero tolerance for any viable GE seed. It appears that in the five-day mad rush to...

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Hazardous changes to New Organisms Act

Press Release – GE Free NZ Hazardous changes to New Organisms Act. The National Government and Treasury are under pressure from Federated Farmers, pro LifeSciences board, to loosen all precautions around genetically engineered organisms as legislated in the Hazardous Substances …Hazardous changes to New Organisms Act. The National Government and Treasury are under pressure from Federated Farmers, pro LifeSciences board, to loosen all precautions around genetically engineered organisms as legislated in the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act (HSNO). HSNO considers GMO’s whilst under experimentation and the Resource Management Act (RMA) allows communities to place rules around GE crop use, if and when they are released. In the last 10 years six field trials have been approved under the HSNO Act. To date they have cost millions and produced no results that show they will have a better outcome than their conventional counterparts; in fact they have shown they are extremely toxic cruel failures. The government is relying on false data and has not looked at the real cost of GM animals and plants. This year will be the 15 years since GM animals were developed and the experiment found extremely high levels of animal suffering, calf deformities and reproductive failures show that this GM was a case of severe animal cruelty and is not the way forward for New Zealand. [1] TV1 news reported “New Zealand would gain...

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Strong Support for Clarification of GMO Council Jurisdiction

Press Release – GE Free NZ On Friday, 24 April GE Free Northland and the Soil & Health Association of NZ with 19 other 274 parties sought clarification in the Environment Court on whether there is jurisdiction in the Resource Management Act for local control of outdoor …Strong Support for Clarification of GMO Council Jurisdiction On Friday, 24 April GE Free Northland and the Soil & Health Association of NZ with 19 other 274 parties sought clarification in the Environment Court on whether there is jurisdiction in the Resource Management Act for local control of outdoor use of GMOs in the face of a challenge by Federated Farmers New Zealand. [1] [2] Judge Newhook has reserved his decision, which will be made in the next few weeks. In 2003 the Northland/ Auckland “Inter Council Working Party on GMO Risk Evaluation & Management Options” was formed to look at the emerging issue of GMO’s for the whole region. This resulted, after more than 10 years of public consultation, in precautionary GE provisions being placed in the Northland new Regional Policy Statement (RPS). Before the hearing GE Free Northland spokesperson Martin Robinson applauded the efforts of various NZ councils to put in place a much-needed additional tier of local protection against the risks of outdoor use of GMOs to the regions biosecurity, GE free primary producers, economy, environment, and food sovereignty....

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Forests At Risk from Secret Trade Deal

Press Release – GE Free NZ Forests At Risk from Secret Trade Deal and GE Trees Partnerships Outrage in the US at the secret approval of genetically engineered (GE) trees could see New Zealand companies implicated in an industry-wide effort to keep the public in the dark. [1]Forests At Risk from Secret Trade Deal and GE Trees Partnerships Outrage in the US at the secret approval of genetically engineered (GE) trees could see New Zealand companies implicated in an industry-wide effort to keep the public in the dark. [1] The New Zealand Forest Research Institute, now operating as Scion, has been engineering trees for 12 years. The first GE Tree trials approved two experiments on Pinus Radiata and Norway spruce. The Norway spruce trial trees suffered from stunting and disease, which seriously compromised their growth, causing an early closure to the trial. The trials of Radiata pine resulted in breaches at the facility due to poor maintenance. [2] ArborGen is a private company, 31.67% owned by Rubicon New Zealand [3] and has engineered numerous GE saplings in containment for export. They have largely avoided scrutiny because it is not a Crown Research Institute (CRI) and therefore not subject to the Official Information Act. Rubicon have been involved in genetically engineering GE eucalyptus trees for ArborGen in the US and South American markets. In a secret deal just released, the...

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Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses

Press Release – GE Free NZ The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed.Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed. Federated Farmers are advocating for accelerating progress at the talks. This would involve changes to New Zealand legislation to standardise policies so that the Trans Pacific Partnership can be signed and readily enforced. There appears to be a push for behind- closed-door assurances that these legislative changes will be surreptitiously put in place before the deal is sealed and before negotiations around wording are made public in four years. “In essence the secret free trade agreement could be signed under the proviso that legislation will be changed to allow New Zealand to grow GE crops,” said Claire Bleakley, president of GE Free NZ (in food and environment). This is despite reassurances from the trade negotiation Minister Tim Groser that New Zealand’s interests would not be betrayed. “This is a direct threat to the freedoms and sovereignty of all farmers. It will destroy the competitive point of difference that helps...

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