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Consensus among leading experts - genes are not carriers of isolated traits

The result of genetic engineering is therefore inherently unpredictable

Gene technology is based on the belief that genes are carriers of single traits. So it was believed that you can transfer traits by transferring single genes. Now it has been proven beyond any reasonable doubt that this is wrong through research organized by the United States National Human Genome Research Institute.

LOCAL AUTHORITIES CONSULT RATEPAYERS ON GMO LAND USE

GE FREE NORTHLAND Press Release

10 April 2009

GE FREE NORTHLAND is delighted that Auckland and Northland communities will have an opportunity to air their views on genetic engineering and give their opinion on how the Auckland and Northland councils should deal with field trials and/or commercial releases of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Primary producers and environmental organisations like GE FREE NORTHLAND have praised the innovative work of the Inter Council Working Party.

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).

Whangarei Mayor backs ban on GMOs

Whangarei District Council Media Release - (11 September 2008)

Whangarei Mayor Stan Semenoff has strongly endorsed calls for the Northland and Auckland Regional Councils to ban field trialling or release of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) until all issues surrounding them are resolved.

Whangarei District Council’s environment committee today unanimously supported an inter-council working party recommendation to prohibit GMO trialling and release until liability, economic costs and benefits, environmental risks and cultural/community concerns were satisfied.

Halt GM cauliflower, cabbage and broccoli Field Trial - GE-Free New Zealand

GE-Free New Zealand in food and environment

NEWS - PRESS RELEASES

31/10/2006 GM cauliflower, cabbage and broccoli - Field Trial

GE Free NZ says the application submitted by Crop and Food to ERMA for a field trial on GM cauliflower, cabbage and broccoli should be halted. They regard the application as foolhardy and economically unsound, noting that the EU and Japan have closed their markets to GM imports. "Consumers do not trust GM and will not spend money buying it," said Claire Bleakley of GE Free NZ.

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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