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Northland communities urge Northland Regional Council to protect the region's existing GE Free status

 

GE Free Northland
2 November 2018 Media Release
Gene edited organisms are GMOs and are unacceptable in Northland
Northland communities urge Northland Regional Council to protect the region's valuable GE free status


More than one hundred submissions (lodged in response to the Northland Regional Council's proposed new Regional Plan) strongly back alignment with Auckland and Northland District Council plans that already contain provisions and policies created for the purpose of protectiing the Northern peninsula's valuable GE-Free status. 

 

GMO-free policy not in North's draft air, water, soil, coast plan

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12144132

 

NORTHERN ADVOCATE  20 OCTOBER 2018

"GMO FREE POLICY NOT IN NORTH'S DRAFT AIR, SOIL, WATER PLAN" 

BY LINDY LAIRD

 

There could be a small break in the ring fence meant to keep genetically modified organisms out of Northland's environment and primary sector.

The decision has groups who vehemently fought for 10 years for that GMO-proof fence now criticising the Northland Regional Council's decision to exclude its strong Regional Policy Statement (RPS) on GMOs from its proposed Regional Plan.

A year after no-to-GMO policies became operational in Whangārei and Far North Districts' and NRC legislation, the NRC failed to copy over its stance to its new environment plan.

The overarching Regional Plan — the draft of which received 360 submissions overall — will encompass, replace and update three outdated water and soil, air and coastal plans. More than 100 of those submissions referred to the GMOs subject.

Gene editing is unacceptable

 

"Gene editing is unacceptable"  22 October 2018 NZ Farmers Weekly
by Hawke's Bay primary producers/ exporters
Bruno Chambers, David Cranwell, Phyllis Tinchinin and John Bostock

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.

VICTORY FOR RURAL COMMUNITIES- FEDERATED FARMERS OF NZ DROP CONTROVERSIAL GMO APPEAL

VICTORY FOR RURAL COMMUNITIES- FEDERATED FARMERS OF NZ DROP CONTROVERSIAL GMO APPEAL 

GE-FREE Northland 

26 May 2018 Media release


 

GE-Free Northland are celebrating the news that Federated Farmers of NZ have finally withdrawn their controversial GE/GMO appeal against Whangarei District Council and Far North District Council (1).

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Soil & Health celebrates: Federated Farmers drop legal action around GMOs

https://organicnz.org.nz/uncategorized/soil-health-celebrates-federated-farmers-drop-legal-action-around-gmos/

25 May 2018
MEDIA RELEASE

Soil & Health celebrates: Federated Farmers drop legal action around GMOs.

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.

 

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