NZ Exports Face Destruction If Minister Changes GMO Rules

Press Release – GE Free NZ GE-Free New Zealand members, many communities and growers around the country are alarmed over the Environment Minister Amy Adams plans to remove any capacity for Councils and communities to safeguard their region.27/06/2013 NZ Exports and Regional Development Face Destruction If Minister Changes GMO Rules GE-Free New Zealand members, many communities and growers around the country are alarmed over the Environment Minister Amy Adams plans to remove any capacity for Councils and communities to safeguard their region. The issue of GE commercialisation in New Zealand has raised extreme concern and the Minister has signalled the willingness to ‘socialise the risk’ of GE on communities. “The plan to block Council protection will destroy their capacity to pursue regional development strategies for organic and GM-free exports. It is a direct threat to the economy and the livelihoods of people across New Zealand,” says Jon Carapiet, spokesman for GE-free NZ in food and environment. “Councils have been looking at how to moderate the GE-industry’s extreme risk-taking and hold them financially liable for the damage. Overseas the industry has caused economic and environmental degradation that the Royal Commission on GM found are totally unacceptable in New Zealand.” The Minister’s intention to override the spirit of the Royal Commission on GM, that recommended that allows for excusion of GE crops from districts where they would cause a threat to...

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