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15 June 2009

GE FREE NORTHLAND applauds a High Court ruling that has overturned ERMA's (Environmental Risk Management Authority) decision to accept applications from AgResearch to release GM animals throughout New Zealand.

The Auckland Regional Council's (ARC) elected representative on the Inter Council Working Party on GMO Risk Evaluation & Options, Cr Brent Morrissey, said in the ARC's 11 June 2009 Press Release

High Court ruling gives nod to ARC’s cautious take on GMOs

11 June 2009:
Auckland Regional Council Media release

A High Court ruling overturning the government’s Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA) decision to accept GMO applications from AgResearch is applauded by the Auckland Regional Council (ARC).

In 2007, the ARC adopted a precautionary position in relation to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in response to both concerns expressed by a significant number of communities and individuals, as well as some serious questions around local government liability should things go wrong.

High Court appeal upheld - GM animal applications invalid

GE FREE NZ Press Release 7 June 2009

In a precedent setting case, the High Court has upheld the appeal by GE Free NZ in Food and Environment against ERMA and AgResearch.

After 12 weeks of deliberation, Justice Clifford found that ERMA erred in receiving the applications from AgResearch and has declared them invalid. The decision sets aside the decisions by ERMA to proceed with the applications. ERMA is to take no further steps toward hearing and assessing the applications.

GM Crop Failure a Cautionary Warning For Farmers

Tuesday, 14 April 2009, 9:19 am
Press Release: GE Free NZ

GM Crop Failure Offers a Cautionary Warning For Farmers

New Zealand farmers must learn from the experience of farmers overseas and resist pressure to weaken regulations around the safety of genetically engineered organisms (GEO’s), from groups promoting their release.

Inadequate safety assessment of GE foods

It is a scientifically well recognized fact that genetic engineering can cause the appearance of unexpected very harmful substances. Therefore a very careful procedure is necessary for establishing the safety of GE foods. However this is not the case.

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.



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


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?

See also 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).

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