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Food Safety Minister Needs To Question GE Food Safety and Labeling

Food Safety Minister Kate Wilkinson needs to ensure a comprehensive review of the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) food ingredients and GE food safety in New Zealand, now that 40 different GE food applications have been approved for use in New Zealand, including foods derived from 61 GE plant lines (1), according to the Soil & Health Association of New Zealand. Soil & Health says the latest approvals (2) have gone through despite an increase in evidence of the health risks from GE food.

GM food can cause cancer - French scientist Seralini

Thursday, 22 October 2009 19:48

GM food can cause cancer
Down to Earth, October 31 2009
http://downtoearth.org.in/full6.asp?foldername=20091031&filename=inv&sec...

French scientist Gilles-Eric Seralini unmasked the dangers of genetically modified brinjal, almost approved for commercial production in India. He shared with Savvy Soumya Misra his findings on Bt brinjal and Roundup Ready soybean

*On the data submitted on Bt brinjal by Mahyco for approval from the Indian government

The data submitted to the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (geac) of the Union environment ministry is not valid; it has not been signed by the scientist who conducted the tests. What is more scandalous is that the studies on the effects of Bt brinjal were conducted for just three months.

If the product is to be consumed by humans, the tests should have been for a period of at least two years—the lifespan of a rodent.

AGRESEARCH PROPOSALS TANTAMOUNT TO ECONOMIC SUICIDE

www.nzherald.co.nz/environment/news/article.cfm?c_id=39&objectid=1058992...

Jon Carapiet: AgResearch proposals tantamount to economic suicide
4:00AM Tuesday Aug 11, 2009
NZ HERALD

Jon Carapiet says flirtations with genetic modification put our clean-green brand at risk.

The recent opinion piece by Federated Farmers' John Hartnell painted an inaccurate picture of concerns about genetic modification. It also failed to appreciate why it is vital for New Zealand to protect its genetic modification-free production system.

GE FREE STATUS BIG PLUS FOR NZ

NZ FARMERS WEEKLY "GE free status big plus for NZ" 18 August 2009, p. l4

New Zealand's GM-free status is worth potentially huge money for us says John Bostock.

The Hawke's Bay-based entrepreneur and food exporter said he made a significant premium on export maize to Japan and Korea compared with maize from the US which is now impossible to guarantee as GM-free.

He exported both conventional and organic food grade maize to these markets, where it is used for human consumption, making starch or animal feed.

GE TELEPHONE POLL IN AUCKLAND AND NORTHLAND

GE TELEPHONE POLL IN AUCKLAND AND NORTHLAND PENINSULA (COLMAR BRUNTON)

NZ Public Forced to Pay to Investigate GE Breach

Sunday, 25 January 2009, 12:09 pm
Press Release: GE Free NZ

Public Forced to Pay for Officials to Investigate GE Trial Breach
Date: 24th January 2009

Representatives from the NGO* community-group GE-Free NZ and the Soil and Health Association met with Federated Farmers, OANZ*, HortNZ* and MAFBNZ* to present photographic evidence of the regulatory breaches of the GE brassica trial (GMF06001).

MADGE calls for Investigation: GM and Allergies - Body of Evidence

Conclusion:

There is an urgent need to investigate whether GM foods are involved in the
phenomenal rise in allergies and anaphylaxis in Australia.

Are GM foods contributing to the huge rise in food allergies and anaphylaxis?

Source: http://www.madge.org.au/health.php
See also http://www.madge.org.au/Docs/allergy-report.pdf to read the updated full report into allergies in Australia (Updated 2008-09-25)

MADGE looked at the approvals of GM foods in Australia and compared them to Australian hospital admission rates for anaphylaxis. Our graph shows a strong correlation between the two.

We are calling for:

* An urgent investigation into the possible link between food allergies and GM foods
* Full labelling of all GM foods to allow traceability of possible adverse health effects

MADGE research has uncovered:

1. A study predicting that Monsanto’s Roundup Ready canola (GM) could prove allergic to people with sensitivities to red shellfish (prawns, shrimp, lobster).

Jane Kelsey Speech at GE Free RALLY 16 NOVEMBER 2002

GE FREE RALLY 16 NOVEMBER 2002

Address by Dr. Jane Kelsey, Professor of Law at Auckland University and member of Action, Research and Education Network of Aotearoa (ARENA)

Question: What does so-called 'free trade' have to do with GE?
Answer: Absolutely everything!

No to GE means No the World Trade Organisation!

That was a key message of the protests against the WTO in Sydney this week, although the media seemed determined to keep the actual issues off the front page.

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