Genetic Engineering (GMO land use) has no place in QUALITY primary production
and puts our economy, key markets, environment and health at risk.

GE FREE NZ Northland Action Alert- stop GE trees!


Call to action from GE Free NZ Northland- say NO to GE trees!

New wave of GE free activism

New wave of GE-free activism

New wave of GE-free activism

17 June 2015


Pressure from the biotech industry for the government to relax laws on genetic engineering will result in a new wave of GE-free activism, the Soil & Health Association predicts.

This follows comments from some GE companies, and from the Treasury Secretary Gabriel Makhlouf in a speech at Fieldays that New Zealand is missing out on opportunities.

GE Free Northland July 2015 PUBLIC APPEAL FOR FUNDS

                                  July 2015
            GE FREE NORTHLAND new PUBLIC APPEAL FOR FUNDS
Help protect our democratic right to be GE-free!

One of the most important Environment Court decisions this year is the finding that councils can control the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) under the Resource Management Act.
We won in the Environment Court against Federated Farmers of NZ.  
But Federated Farmers has now lodged an appeal in the High Court, attempting to overturn this valuable decision.  Your donation now will help us prevail in the High Court against Federated Farmers latest vexatious appeal (and help stop GE trees).

GE Free Northland requests your help in paying the cost of upcoming High Court action (including the cost of legal counsel) involved in protecting our Northland new Regional Policy Statement's precautionary GMO provisions.

Background:

PROTECTING OUR DEMOCRATIC RIGHT TO BE GE-FREE

 
OUR DEMOCRATIC RIGHT TO BE GE-FREE 

Media release from GE FREE Northland...and the Soil & Health Association NZ

13 June 2015

One of the most important Environment Court decisions this year is the finding that councils can control the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) under the Resource Management Act.

GE Free Northland, along with Taitokerau mana whenua and New Zealand’s oldest organic organisation (the Soil & Health Association), supported the Whangarei District Council in a successful defence of the right of local authorities to manage the use of GMOs in their regions, after Federated Farmers sought a ruling that Northland Regional Council had acted outside the law in taking this approach.

Since comprehensively losing the appeal (which it initiated) on all points of law, Federated Farmers has now filed an appeal against the Environment Court’s decision with the High Court.

In May, Principal Environment Court Judge L. Newhook found that there is jurisdiction under the Resource Management Act for regional councils to make planning decisions about the outdoor use of GMOs in their regions.

“Soil & Health was delighted to have our view confirmed by Judge Newhook,” said Marion Thomson, co-chair of Soil & Health.  “We’re disappointed, however, that an organisation that supposedly represents farmers has decided to appeal the decision.  Why does Federated Farmers want to deny Northlanders the right to manage what happens in their own region? Is there an application in the wings for a GE field trial or GMO release in Northland?”

GE or not GE? Environment Court win- A victory for democracy

GE or not GE? A victory for democracy

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

New Zealanders can take heart that it is now confirmed that regional councils have the right to make planning decisions about the outdoor use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in their regions. Environment Court Judge Newhook determined yesterday that there is jurisdiction under the Resource Management Act for regional councils to make provision for GMOs through regional policy statements and plans.
 
“We welcome this as a victory for sound resource management,” said Marion Thomson, co-chair of the Soil & Health Association of New Zealand. “The decision confirms our view that the RMA allows local bodies to manage any potential use of GMOs as part of their land use (resource management) planning function.”
 
The case was brought by Federated Farmers of NZ, who had lodged an appeal with the Environment Court opposing precautionary provisions for GMOs in the Proposed Northland Regional Policy Statement. Soil & Health and GE Free Northland coordinated a group of 12 other interested parties in support of Whangarei District Council and Northland Regional Council in the Environment Court last month.
 
As a starting point, Federated Farmers challenged whether there is jurisdiction for local authorities to make provisions for the management of the outdoor use of GMOs under the RMA. That challenge has now been rejected by the Environment Court.

Can we keep local control over GE?


Can we keep local control over GE?

www.organicnz.org.nz/node/1017

Can we keep local control over GE?

 

Genetic engineering is again in the spotlight as the Soil & Health Association of NZ and GE Free Northland lead a group of interested parties in support of Whangarei District Council and Northland Regional Council in the Environment Court this Friday.

Federated Farmers of NZ lodged an appeal with the Environment Court, opposing precautionary provisions for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the Proposed Northland Regional Policy Statement.

COURT CASE FOR LOCAL CHOICE ABOUT GMOs

COURT CASE FOR LOCAL CHOICE ABOUT GMOs
GE Free Northland Press Release, 20 April 2015
On Friday, 24 April, an important Environment Court hearing will take place in Whangarei about the outdoor use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). 
GE Free Northland and the Soil & Health Association of NZ are seeking confirmation of their view that there is jurisdiction under the Resource Management Act for local control of outdoor use of GMOs in the face of a challenge to jurisdiction by Federated Farmers New Zealand.
 “We support the right of local bodies to manage any potential use of GMOs in their area, using the Resource Management Act.  We applaud 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 our biosecurity, GE free primary producers, economy, environment, and food sovereignty," said GE Free Northland spokesperson Martin Robinson.
"Our councils have taken these steps because their ratepayers want a more locally responsive and planned app

GE Free Northland April 2015 Public Appeal for Funds

PUBLIC APPEAL FOR FUNDS BY GE FREE NORTHLAND
 April 2015

GE Free Northland AGM

GE Free Northland Notice of Annual General Meeting (AGM) 20th April 2015 Whangarei Details: Monday, 20 April 2015 Time: 7pm Venue: CBEC EcoSolutions 3 Bank St Whangarei (opposite Rose Street bus station) All Welcome More information: 09 4322155 (Whangarei) 09 407 8650 (Kerikeri) email: linda.grammer@gmail.com Thank you for your support and see you there! GE Free, organic nibbles provided, Naturally :)

World experts to discuss impacts of GE food

World experts to discuss impacts of GM food

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Minister Amy Adams showing disrespect for the good work of local councils

Minister showing disrespect - GE Free

15 August 2014 

 

Campaigners are denouncing the Environment Minister for opposing efforts by councils to create genetically-engineered free zones.

www.radionz.co.nz/news/regional/252266/minister-showing-disrespect-ge-free

 

NORTHERN COMMUNITIES WANT STRICTER GE CONTROLS

GE Free Northland Press Release

2 July 2014
NORTHERN COMMUNITIES WANT STRICTER GE CONTROLS

GE FREE Northland welcomes the news that Far North District Council and Whangarei District Council voted unanimously last week to jointly publicly notify the GMO Plan Change to ban all GMO releases and make any EPA approved outdoor GE experiments/ field trials a Discretionary activity (subject to additional local requirements that the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act does not require).

"This process is in keeping with the proposed collaborative GMO Plan change with Auckland Council, who has already begun the process through the proposed Auckland Unitary Plan," said Martin Robinson, spokesman for GE Free Northland.

Monsanto sues tiny, rural, farming state of Vermont, USA

Just hours ago, Monsanto, an overseas multinational with a horrendous public health and environmental track record made a chilling decision.

Monsanto and its allies have just announced they're suing the tiny, rural U.S. state of Vermont to stop a new law that simply requires genetically engineered foods to be labeled. In fact, the mere threat of a multi-million dollar lawsuit nearly caused the state to back off the labeling law altogether.

But Vermont is refusing to back down -- and they’re asking for our help. They're getting ready to fight back against Monsanto, and have even created a legal defense fund so people around the world can make donations to help them beat back Monsanto’s lawsuit.

The SumOfUs community is already fighting Monsanto on every front, but we need to show Monsanto now that we won't be intimidated. We won't let Monsanto bully our elected officials into submission.  People worldwide are being asked to help Vermont stand up to Monsanto, and pass comprehensive GE labelling laws in their own countries.


ACTION ALERT from SUM OF US, United States

Vermont is a small, entirely rural state with just 600,000 people. Vermont vs. Monsanto, one of the most powerful corporations in the world, is a classic David and Goliath fight.

But there’s much more at stake here than just whether GMO foods will be labeled in a single U.S. state. Vermont is actually the very first state in the U.S. to require labeling, and dozens of other states have said they will require labeling as well -- but only if Vermont’s law can survive this legal challenge.

High Court Prevents GM Developers Bypassing GM Laws

High Court Prevents GM Developers Bypassing GM Laws

      Media Statement, May 22 2014  Sustainability Council of NZ
 
The High Court has quashed a decision by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) that would have allowed developers of genetically modified crops to bypass New Zealand’s GM laws.
 
The Court found the EPA misinterpreted the law when it decided that GMOs from two new breeding techniques could go into New Zealand fields without any formal consultation or assessment of the impacts.  The EPA was also criticised for failing to act cautiously in the face of uncertainty. 
 

GE Free Northland Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Whangarei, Monday 26 May 2014

GE FREE NORTHLAND (in food and environment)
Notice of Annual General Meeting


Date: 26 May 2014   

Time: 7pm


Venue: EcoSolutions 3 Bank St Whangarei


All Welcome


More information: 09 4322155 email: linda.grammer@gmail.com
Thanks for your support and see you there!

GE Free, organic nibbles and tea provided, Naturally :)

Global Development and Environment Institute article "Monsanto meets its Match in the birthplace of Maize"

 

Victory in Vermont, USA- first State to enact Statewide GE food Labelling!

Vermont just handed Monsanto and the biotech industry a massive defeat! Now mandatory GMO labeling will be required in the state of Vermont, USA... and the GMO industry is panicking as they want to continue to sell GE food unlabelled/ invisible to the eye/ consumer

www.naturalnews.com/044870_Vermont_GMO_labeling_consumer_slavery.html

 

www.centerforfoodsafety.org/press-releases/3100/vermont-set-to-be-first-state-to-enact-statewide-ge-food-labeling

 

Vermont Set to be First State to Enact Statewide GE Food Labeling
April 23rd, 2014

Legislature Passes First No Strings Attached Law

Today, the Vermont legislature passed the first no strings attached law to require labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods. The House voted 114-30 to accept the Senate version of the bill passed last week. It now heads to Governor Shumlin, who is expected to sign the bill. The law would go into effect July 1, 2016.

US corn exports to China drop 85 percent after ban on GMO strains – industry report

http://rt.com/usa/china-gmo-corn-ban-120/

US corn exports to China drop 85 percent after ban on GMO strains – industry report

Published time: April 12, 2014 
AFP Photo / Philippe Huguen

AFP Photo / Philippe Huguen

China’s rejection of shipments of US corn containing traces of unapproved genetically modified maize has caused a significant drop in exports. According to a new report, US traders have lost $427 million in sales.

Overall, China has barred nearly 1.45 million tons of corn shipments since last year, the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA), an American industry association, said Friday.

RUSSIA WILL NOT IMPORT GMO PRODUCTS- Prime Minister Medvedev

http://rt.com/news/russia-import-gmo-products-621/

 

Russia will not import GMO products - PM Medvedev

Published time: April 06, 2014 00:58
Edited time: April 07, 2014 10:33
RIA Novosti / Maksim Bogodvid

RIA Novosti / Maksim Bogodvid

Russia will not import GMO products, the country’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said, adding that the nation has enough space and resources to produce organic food.

LOCAL REGULATION OF OUTDOOR USE OF GMOs ON THE RISE IN NZ

GE FREE NZ Northland
 

Court decision empowers local body protection against GMO risks

www.organicnz.org.nz/node/819

 

BACKING FOR LOCAL RIGHT OF PROTECTION AGAINST RISKS OF GMOs

http://press.gefree.org.nz/press/20140210.htm

 

10/02/2014

Backing for Local Right of Protection Against Risks of GMOs

Prime MInister Urged to meet Mayor of Hawaii to Learn about GM Ban

 

GE FREE NZ AOTEAROA Press Release

6 December 2013 


Prime Minister Urged to Meet Mayor of Hawaii to Learn About GM Ban

Overwhelming support for local decisions on GM free status- National Poll

 Pure Hawke's Bay is a group of primary producers (conventional, IPM and organic) in Hawke's Bay committed to retaining their existing valuable GE free status, and continued access to key markets and premiums for GM free produce

Overwhelming Support for Local Decisions on GM Free Status: National Poll

Four out of five New Zealanders think councils should be able to keep their districts GM Free using local plans, according to a Colmar Brunton poll.

The poll was commissioned by Pure Hawke’s Bay, a group of premium food producers who are asking councils in the region to secure Hawke’s Bay’s GM free status through local plans.

Earlier this year, the Government announced its intention to change the law to prevent the regions from doing so. But 79% of New Zealanders participating in the national poll said that councils should be able to use the RMA to prohibit GM releases in their territories.

The response shows that the Government is way out of step with New Zealanders, says Bruno Chambers of Pure Hawke’s Bay.

Several councils – including Hastings, Whangarei, Far North and Auckland City – are proposing to use local plans to protect their regions from GMO releases, with strong backing from their communities.

79% want councils to have power over GM crops, Colmar Brunton poll

RADIO NZ programme

79% want councils to have power over GM crops - Colmar Brunton poll

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/229508/79-percent-want-councils-to-have-power-over-gm-crops-poll



A group opposed to genetic modification has released a poll showing almost 80% of respondents want councils to retain the power to create GM-free zones.

The phone survey of 1000 people was commissioned by Pure Hawke's Bay and carried out by Colmar-Brunton.
Under proposed changes to the Resource Management Act, central government rather than councils would have the power to decide where GM crops can be grown.

However, Pure Hawke's Bay says 79% of the people surveyed want decision making powers to stay with the councils.

Spokesperson Bruno Chambers says GM free products command a premium price and the group wants GM-free zones so farmers can grow unmodified crops with less risk of contamination.

The survey has a plus or minus margin of error of 3.1%.

Listen to more from Bruno Chambers on Morning Report

Landmark court case on GE

Precaution vital to prevent GE contamination

 

http://press.gefree.org.nz/press/20131126.htm

 

GE FREE NZ Press Release

26/11/2013

Precaution Vital to Prevent GE Contamination

Comvita adds voice to GE trials caution

Comvita adds voice to GE trials caution

By John Cousins      Bay of Plenty Times

8:30 AM Friday Nov 29, 2013 
  •   www.nzherald.co.nz/bay-of-plenty-times/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503343&objectid=11164655
Cultural consultant Buddy Mikaere is standing for a tougher council stance on genetic engineering. Cultural consultant Buddy Mikaere is standing for a tougher council stance on genetic engineering.

One of the Bay's biggest exporters Comvita has backed moves to single out genetic engineering as deserving a "precautionary approach" by the region's environmental watchdog.

The Paengaroa-based company joined seven others in the Environment Court yesterday to fight a bid by the New Zealand Forest Research Institute (Scion) to stop the the Bay of Plenty Regional Council adopting a cautionary stance toward GE field trials.

Comvita, whose honey exports of $80 million rely on New Zealand's clean green image, has highlighted the huge financial impact if a GE organism was released into the environment.

Scientists, activists, orchardists, organic farmers and Maori culture united to support the council which wants to signal its concern about the risks from genetic modification trials in its regional policy statement.

Scion has challenged the validity of the council singling out genetically modified organisms (GMOs) as warranting a precautionary approach.

But the council stopped short of elevating GMOs to a "matter of significance" which would have had a flow-on effect into its planning documents by the introduction of specific rules.

WAR AGAINST GMO'S EXPECTED TO ESCALATE

letters to editor needed, in response to today's Whangarei Leader GE story

(inflammatory comments from WDC's Clr John Williamson- but he is correct in anticipating that Federated Farmers of NZ and...who knows what nefariou multinational or NZ Crown Research Institute will appeal Whangarei District Council, Far North District Council and Auckland Council's collaborative Plan change to BAN all GMO releases and make EPA approved outdoor GE experiments/ field trials a Discretionary activity

(try and keep it to 250 words, provide full contact details :)

WAR AGAINST GMO's EXPECTED TO ESCALATE       15 October 2013     Whangarei Leader
by Denise Piper

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