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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 Tai Tokerau 

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.

 

GE Free Northland ACTION ALERT- submissions needed in response to Northland Regional Council draft Long Term Plan 2018-28


*SUBMISSION PERIOD NOW CLOSED
GE Free Northland Action Alert

There is an opportunity to make submissions in response to the Northland Regional Council draft Long Term Plan 2018-28.
https://www.nrc.govt.nz/Your-Council/Council-Projects/long-term-plan-2018-2028/

The NRC needs your feedback to make decisions for the Long Term Plan 2018-2028, which is supposed to reflect community aspirations and wishes, and set policy direction for NRC.

The NRC inappropriately removed the highly important strong precautionary and prohibitive GE policy from the operative NRC Long Term Plan a few years ago (without any public consultation or legitimate reason).

Please make a submission to NRC (in addition to any other points you wish to raise) urging the NRC to replace the important precautionary and prohibitive GE policy (that was in various NRC Long Term Plans since the 2004-14 LTCCP) and the $10,000 contingency fund (in the event of any EPA approved outdoor GE applications for Northland). Please ask to be heard (you can change your mind, or give your speaking time to someone else. It ensures you are kept informed by NRC).

Community support for a GE-free Northland

Community support for a GE-free Northland

 

22 March 2018 Media release: GE Free Northland

GE Free Northland action alert- further submissions needed in response to the Northland Regional Council proposed Regional Plan

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.

GE-FREE NORTHLAND VICTORY AGAINST FEDERATED FARMERS OF NZ

GE-FREE NORTHLAND VICTORY AGAINST FEDERATED FARMERS OF NZ

GE-Free Northland

1 November 2017 Media release

GE-Free Northland, hundreds of Northland primary producers, and other submitters are celebrating the decision by Federated Farmers of NZ (FFNZ) to finally abandon its crusade to force Northland Regional Council to remove sound precautionary GE/GMO provisions from the Northland Regional Policy Statement.

FFNZ filed its latest appeal earlier this year in the Court of Appeal, after losing in both the Environment Court (2015) and the High Court (2016).

Northland councils and communities are confident (now that the jurisdictional issue has been settled) that our valuable existing GE free status will be retained, from the Bombay Hills north to Cape Reinga.

Whangarei District Council and a broad range of interested parties including GE Free Northland, Tai Tokerau mana whenua, Far North District Council, and the Soil & Health Association have secured local authorities' right to manage the outdoor use of GMOs in their regions.

A win for clean, green, GE-FREE New Zealand

A win for clean, green, GE-free New Zealand


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
31 October 2017
 
The Soil & Health Association is celebrating the decision by Federated Farmers to abandon its appeal against the right of councils to control the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in their territories. Federated Farmers filed its latest appeal earlier this year in the Court of Appeal, after its appeals to the Environment Court and High Court had been dismissed.
 
“We congratulate Federated Farmers on this pragmatic and sensible decision,” said Soil & Health Chair Graham Clarke.
 
“Both the High Court and Environment Court have ruled that regional councils have jurisdiction under the Resource Management Act (RMA) to regulate the use of GMOs through regional policy statements or plans. The recent RMA amendments further entrench the legal rights of councils to do so. Challenging these decisions would only have cost both us, the other parties involved and Federated Farmers themselves a lot of unnecessary time and money.”
 
Federated Farmers had argued that the Environmental Protection Authority had sole responsibility for the regulation of GMOs under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act (HSNO).
 
The decision to withdraw its appeal comes after recent amendments were made to the RMA, which confirmed the High Court ruling, leading Federated Farmers to believe that they “are likely to have materially reduced the prospects of the appeal being prosecuted successfully.”
 

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).

ALARM BELLS RING OVER GE SPUD DECISION BY AUSSIE DOMINATED FOOD REGULATORY BODY

GE-Free Northland

4 October 2017  Media Release

ALARM BELLS RING OVER GE POTATO DECISION BY AUSSIE DOMINATED FOOD REGULATORY BODY

GE-Free Northland is appalled but not surprised by the latest deeply flawed decision by Food Standards Australia NZ, in which the agency approved an American application for six lines of genetically modified potatoes to be sold in NZ and Australia.[1]

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