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TPPA will remove consumer rights

Press Release – Soil and Health Association The Trans Pacific Partnership agreement is the biggest threat to consumer rights New Zealand has ever seen says Debbie Swanwick, Spokesperson, Soil & Health Organic NZ. Her comments come following the closure of the 15th round of TPPA negotiations …TPPA will remove consumer rights “The Trans Pacific Partnership agreement is the biggest threat to consumer rights New Zealand has ever seen” says Debbie Swanwick, Spokesperson, Soil & Health – Organic NZ. Her comments come following the closure of the 15th round of TPPA negotiations at Sky City, Auckland recently. Over a hundred and fifty protestors gathered at Sky City during the negotiations, to present a petition signed by 750,000 world citizens against the TPPA which organisers refused to accept. One of the implications of the TPPA, with regard to food, is that consumers will be denied the right to know what is in their food. “Current labelling laws will be revoked for fear of prosecution by investor interests should a label, for example identifying ingredients as genetically engineered, negatively impact their profits” says Swanwick. Protests throughout the country have demonstrated the level of public discontent on the issue which has also attracted comment from public representatives, in agreement, in local council. “We recently elected a new Auckland Council that wants to build resilient communities across the region, support local business and retain...

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Organics the only way to ensure purity of food

Press Release – Soil and Health Association “The failure of Proposition 37, the initiative requiring mandatory labeling of GMOs, at the polls this week in California is a sad day for consumers” says Debbie Swanwick, Spokeperson for Soil & Health – Organic NZ.Organics the only way to ensure purity of food “The failure of Proposition 37, the initiative requiring mandatory labeling of GMOs, at the polls this week in California is a sad day for consumers” says Debbie Swanwick, Spokeperson for Soil & Health – Organic NZ. Over $45 million dollars was funded by big Agri Tech and corporate America to sway voters which resulted in them securing a narrow victory. Fifty three percent of voters opposed the initiative. Monsanto, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Kellogg, General Mills, DuPont, Bayer and other food and pesticide companies funded advertising and PR campaigns to stop labeling of their products. Organic products worldwide are labelled because doing so attracts customers who value pure food; free of GE, pesticides and additives. In NZ certified organic food is labelled as BioGro, Demeter, Organic Farm or AsureQuality. “Big Agri tech keeping consumers in the dark by not labeling suggests not only do they not believe in what they sell but they recognize there could be a consumer backlash if GMOs had to be labelled” says Swanwick. “The fact they had to spend $45 million dollars says something else...

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