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

AUCKLAND TO STAY GE FREE UNDER NEW UNITARY PLAN

NORTHERN COUNCILS BAND TOGETHER TO CREATE OFFICIAL GM FREE ZONES


GE Free Northland / Auckland GE Free Coalition 

 

28 July 2016
Press Release


NORTHERN COUNCILS BAND TOGETHER TO CREATE OFFICIAL GM FREE ZONES

GE Free Northland and the Auckland GE Free Coalition welcome the recommendations of the Auckland Unitary Plan Independent Hearings Panel, to retain the valuable precautionary and prohibitive GMO provisions in the Auckland new Unitary Plan.

More Regions Move to Officially Become GM Free

More Regions Move to Officially Become GM Free

27 July 2016
Media Statement

 

http://purehawkesbay.org/auckland-region-moves-closer-to-official-gm-free-status/

More Regions Move to Officially Become GM Free

The campaign to keep Hawke’s Bay GM Free took another step forward today with the Auckland Plan Hearings Panel recommending the adoption of similar GMO Free rules to Hastings Council.

COUNCILS AND COMMUNITIES- A COLLABORATIVE RESPONSE TO GE RISKS


 Councils and communities – a collaborative response to GE risks


Media release from Soil & Health Association of NZ and GE Free Northland
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 18 June 2016

Whangarei and Far North District Councils received strong support from the community for their proposals to protect their territories from GM releases this week.

The Soil & Health Association of NZ and GE Free Northland led a group of 14 submitters, presenting their case at a joint hearing on Whangarei District Council and Far North District Council’s proposed district plan changes for the outdoor use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

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Whangarei District Council and Far North District Council joint GE/GMO hearings 13/ l4 June Whangarei

Open to the public- WDC and FNDC joint GE/GMO hearings 13/ 14 June (Toll Stadium, Okara Drive, Whangarei), and l6 June (Kaikohe).  Please ring Dr.

April 2016 Public Appeal for Funds- Help Protect our Democratic Right to be GE/GMO free!

April 2016
GE FREE NORTHLAND PUBLIC APPEAL FOR FUNDS


          Help protect our democratic right to be GE-free!



One of the most important Environment Court decisions last year was 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 in May 2015.  But Federated Farmers then lodged an appeal in the High Court, attempting to overturn this valuable decision.

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First Stake in the Ground to Keep Hastings GM Free

From: http://purehawkesbay.org/first-stake-in-the-ground-to-keep-hastings-gm-free/

A group of Hawke’s Bay food producers have launched a campaign to keep Hastings GMO Free as the Hastings Council prepares to go head to head with Federated Farmers and the Government.

Pure Hawke’s Bay today put its first stake in the ground, putting up billboards around the region to raise awareness and gain support in the fight to keep Hastings GMO Free.

Pure Hawke’s Bay President, and sheep and beef farmer Bruno Chambers says having a GMO Free region creates more economic and marketing opportunities.

“It means as Hastings producers we can tell buyers and customers that produce grown in our fields is officially GMO Free. If we can’t claim this, we loose our competitive global advantage. We need to tell the GM Free story and officially show the world that we grow produce naturally.

“It adds more value to our exports and creates significant economic benefits for Hawke’s Bay.”

Last year, backed by leading Hawke’s Bay food producers, Hastings District Council became the first in New Zealand to secure the territory’s GM Free food producer status under the local plan.

While this initiative enjoys overall support from producers and the wider community, Federated Farmers is challenging the Hastings decision in the Environment Court.

As well as this, the councils move is also threatened by proposed changes to the Resource Management Act (RMA), which would see the government take away councils powers to establish GM Free Zones.

GE: it’s our right to decide

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE from GE Free Northland and the Soil & Health Association Aotearoa NZ
For immediate release 12 February 2016

Communities should have the right to decide whether or not genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are released or field-trialled in their regions and, if so, whether any conditions should be placed on them, say the Soil & Health Association and GE Free Northland.

The two organisations again joined forces with Taitokerau mana whenua and others in court this week, responding to another case on the GMO issue brought by Federated Farmers, this time to the High Court in Whangarei. The judge’s decision is expected within a month.

High Court hearing- Tuesday 9 February/ Wednesday 10 February in Whangarei GE/GMO

HASTINGS DISTRICT GOES GM-FREE

http://purehawkesbay.org/hastings-district-goes-gm-free/

 

HASTINGS DISTRICT GOES GM-FREE

Hawke’s Bay Today, Doug Laing. September 13 2015

The food industry in Hawke’s Bay was ready to party last night after confirmation the Hastings District Council has become the first local body in New Zealand to block genetically modified food production.

Industry leader John Bostock showed all the enthusiasm of a province winning the Ranfurly Shield when he said last night: “We are so excited. It’s a wonderful thing.”

STRONG FUTURE FOR HAWKE’S BAY ECONOMY AS HASTINGS COUNCIL SECURES GM FREE STATUS

great news from Hawke's Bay- Hastings District Council has voted to ban not only GMO releases but all outdoor use of GMOS (including any outdoor GE experiments and field trials ) 

!!!

 

http://purehawkesbay.org/strong-future-for-hawkes-bay-economy-as-hastings-council-secures-gm-free-status/

 

STRONG FUTURE FOR HAWKE’S BAY ECONOMY AS HASTINGS COUNCIL SECURES GM FREE STATUS

 11 September 2015  Pure Hawke's Bay Press Release

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.

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