New Zealand

Farmers delighted three-year battle over GM-free status dropped

https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/country/363201/farmers-delighted-three-year-battle-over-gm-free-status-dropped

 

Farmers delighted three-year battle over GM-free status dropped

 

Hawke's Bay food producers win genetic modification free battle


https://www.nzherald.co.nz/hawkes-bay-today/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503462&objectid=12099940

It's official- Hastings is now a GM Free Food Producing District!

http://purehawkesbay.org/its-official-hastings-is-now-a-gm-free-food-producing-district/

 

IT’S OFFICIAL: HASTINGS IS NOW A GM FREE FOOD PRODUCING DISTRICT

Hawke’s Bay food producers have won a major battle to keep the Hastings District GM Free.

Federated Farmers has formally abandoned its legal attempt to overturn Hastings official GM Free food producing status.

Pure Hawke’s Bay, a lobby group representing Hawke’s Bay growers, exporters and farmers backed the GM Free plan rules adopted by the Hastings District Council in 2015.

Conservation minister opposes GM-rodent plan

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11952990

CONSERVATION MINISTER OPPOSES GM-RODENT PLAN

5 December 2017 NZ HERALD

 

A group of conservationists and scientists with US military funding eyeing up New Zealand islands for gene testing have been given the elbow by Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage.

NZ Herald investigation has found the group - called Gbird - was considering how New Zealand islands would fit with US$6.5 million of US military funding.

As it did so, Gbird formed links throughout conservation and pest control networks in its push to get support for research on new gene drive technology.

Sage - a Green Party minister - said there would be serious risk to New Zealand's environmental reputation if there were field trials here using gene technology.

new National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry, fight won against GE trees

new National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry

by Zelka Linda Grammer

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) released the new Environmental Standards (NES) for Plantation Forestry in August 2017, after putting out the draft NES-PF two years ago.

The new NES-PF (1) gives foresters, councils, and communities clear national guidelines on how to protect the environment while achieving a sustainable forestry industry ((although many submitters would have preferred stronger provisions to protect indigenous trees, wildlife habitats, and ecosystems).

Severe pressure on MPI resulted in the agency removing a controversial clause 6.4 (GE trees), which was added at the eleventh hour with no consultation with the NZ Farm Forestry Association, Forest and Bird, and other key stakeholders) from the new NES-PF.

Various councils with strong precautionary GE policies, foresters, and other primary producers welcomed the removal of the clause that would have permitted the planting of GE trees anywhere in NZ and specifically overriden any precautionary or prohibitive GE policies and rules of local councils (including those of Northland, Auckland, and Hawke's Bay).

GE-free stance sets example for the world

GE-free stance sets example for the world  Wairarapa News-Age   l3 July 2017    

http://times-age.co.nz/ge-free-stance-sets-example-world/

 

 

WIN FOR GM FREE REGIONS

Pure Hawke’s Bay Media Release 5 Aril 2017

http://purehawkesbay.org/win-for-gm-free-regions/

Hawke’s Bay exporters, growers and farmers who have worked hard to protect the region’s GM free status are happy the environment minister has had to back down from controversial amendments to the RMA he wants to take away the regions’ right to make their own decisions on GMOs.

Hawke’s Bay’s ability to establish a GM Free food producing zone under local plans has been shielded following last minute changes to the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill.

An amendment negotiated by the Maori Party exempts GM crops from the scope of new ministerial powers overriding local decision-making.

Māori Party: Stand by your pledge to protect GM Free Regions

Dear Friends,

 

I just signed a petition for 'Māori Party: Stand by your pledge to protect GM Free Regions'.

Please add your name to this important issue. By signing this petition you support this call to action :)

Every name that is added builds momentum around the campaign and makes it more likely for us to get the change we want to see..the protection of our GE Free zones, valuable enterprises and ability to grow GE free food..

Smith's GE stance puts him on thin ice

Mike Williams: Smith's GE stance puts him on thin ice

26 March 2017 Hawke's Bay Today

Hawke's Bay featured in Television One's Sunday programme last week and watching it, I felt a sense of déjà vu.

REGIONS HIT BACK AT MINISTER’S CONTINUED CRUSADE TO QUASH GM FREE ZONES

REGIONS HIT BACK AT MINISTER’S CONTINUED CRUSADE TO QUASH GM FREE ZONES

Pure Hawke’s Bay Media Release

March 6: The Environment Minister is continuing his crusade to strip regions of the ability to be GM Free – despite his ongoing struggles to get backing from Parliament.

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