April 2018

Praise for Whangarei District Council Federated Farmers Slammed by Judge for Cynical Attempt to Block Valuable Precautionary GMO Provisions in Regional Plan

 

Praise for Whangarei District Council 

Federated Farmers Slammed by Judge for Cynical Attempt to Block Valuable Precautionary GMO Provisions in Regional Plan

 

GE Free NZ Northland

23 April 2018 Media release

Another win for GE FREE NZ

The Soil & Health Association welcomes a decision released today by the Environment Court declining Federated Farmers’ attempt to challenge regulation of genetically modified organisms under the RMA.

 

In the latest case before the Environment Court, Whangarei District Council appealed the Northland Council’s Regional Policy Statement, asking to delete one word – ‘plants’ so that the policy would require a precautionary approach to be adopted towards introducing genetically engineered organisms generally – not just plants – to the environment.

 

“The court’s decision is a victory for common sense and for the interests of all Northlanders concerned about the possible introduction of GMOs into the environment, whether they be plants, animals, insects or microorganisms,” said Graham Clarke, Soil & Health’s chair.