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Federated Farmers lose GMO court battle - again

 

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Campaigners against genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are hailing a High Court ruling allowing regional councils to decide whether GMOs can be banned in their areas.

But a group representing bio-scientists says the country is in danger of becoming a "bioscience backwater" following today's ruling by Justice Mary Peters at the Whangarei High Court in favour of Whangarei District Council, Northland Regional Council, Soil & Health, GE Free Northland and others.

NORTHERN COUNCILS BAND TOGETHER TO CREATE OFFICIAL GM FREE ZONES


GE Free Northland / Auckland GE Free Coalition 

 

28 July 2016
Press Release


NORTHERN COUNCILS BAND TOGETHER TO CREATE OFFICIAL GM FREE ZONES

GE Free Northland and the Auckland GE Free Coalition welcome the recommendations of the Auckland Unitary Plan Independent Hearings Panel, to retain the valuable precautionary and prohibitive GMO provisions in the Auckland new Unitary Plan.

More Regions Move to Officially Become GM Free

More Regions Move to Officially Become GM Free

27 July 2016
Media Statement

 

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More Regions Move to Officially Become GM Free

The campaign to keep Hawke’s Bay GM Free took another step forward today with the Auckland Plan Hearings Panel recommending the adoption of similar GMO Free rules to Hastings Council.

COUNCILS AND COMMUNITIES- A COLLABORATIVE RESPONSE TO GE RISKS


 Councils and communities – a collaborative response to GE risks


Media release from Soil & Health Association of NZ and GE Free Northland
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 18 June 2016

Whangarei and Far North District Councils received strong support from the community for their proposals to protect their territories from GM releases this week.

The Soil & Health Association of NZ and GE Free Northland led a group of 14 submitters, presenting their case at a joint hearing on Whangarei District Council and Far North District Council’s proposed district plan changes for the outdoor use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

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Whangarei District Council and Far North District Council joint GE/GMO hearings 13/ l4 June Whangarei

Open to the public- WDC and FNDC joint GE/GMO hearings 13/ 14 June (Toll Stadium, Okara Drive, Whangarei), and l6 June (Kaikohe).  Please ring Dr.

April 2016 Public Appeal for Funds- Help Protect our Democratic Right to be GE/GMO free!

April 2016
GE FREE NORTHLAND PUBLIC APPEAL FOR FUNDS


          Help protect our democratic right to be GE-free!



One of the most important Environment Court decisions last year was the finding that councils can control the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) under the Resource Management Act.

We won in the Environment Court against Federated Farmers of NZ in May 2015.  But Federated Farmers then lodged an appeal in the High Court, attempting to overturn this valuable decision.

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First Stake in the Ground to Keep Hastings GM Free

From: http://purehawkesbay.org/first-stake-in-the-ground-to-keep-hastings-gm-free/

A group of Hawke’s Bay food producers have launched a campaign to keep Hastings GMO Free as the Hastings Council prepares to go head to head with Federated Farmers and the Government.

Pure Hawke’s Bay today put its first stake in the ground, putting up billboards around the region to raise awareness and gain support in the fight to keep Hastings GMO Free.

Pure Hawke’s Bay President, and sheep and beef farmer Bruno Chambers says having a GMO Free region creates more economic and marketing opportunities.

“It means as Hastings producers we can tell buyers and customers that produce grown in our fields is officially GMO Free. If we can’t claim this, we loose our competitive global advantage. We need to tell the GM Free story and officially show the world that we grow produce naturally.

“It adds more value to our exports and creates significant economic benefits for Hawke’s Bay.”

Last year, backed by leading Hawke’s Bay food producers, Hastings District Council became the first in New Zealand to secure the territory’s GM Free food producer status under the local plan.

While this initiative enjoys overall support from producers and the wider community, Federated Farmers is challenging the Hastings decision in the Environment Court.

As well as this, the councils move is also threatened by proposed changes to the Resource Management Act (RMA), which would see the government take away councils powers to establish GM Free Zones.

GE: it’s our right to decide

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE from GE Free Northland and the Soil & Health Association Aotearoa NZ
For immediate release 12 February 2016

Communities should have the right to decide whether or not genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are released or field-trialled in their regions and, if so, whether any conditions should be placed on them, say the Soil & Health Association and GE Free Northland.

The two organisations again joined forces with Taitokerau mana whenua and others in court this week, responding to another case on the GMO issue brought by Federated Farmers, this time to the High Court in Whangarei. The judge’s decision is expected within a month.

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