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GE or not GE? Environment Court win- A victory for democracy

GE or not GE? A victory for democracy

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

New Zealanders can take heart that it is now confirmed that regional councils have the right to make planning decisions about the outdoor use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in their regions. Environment Court Judge Newhook determined yesterday that there is jurisdiction under the Resource Management Act for regional councils to make provision for GMOs through regional policy statements and plans.
 
“We welcome this as a victory for sound resource management,” said Marion Thomson, co-chair of the Soil & Health Association of New Zealand. “The decision confirms our view that the RMA allows local bodies to manage any potential use of GMOs as part of their land use (resource management) planning function.”
 
The case was brought by Federated Farmers of NZ, who had lodged an appeal with the Environment Court opposing precautionary provisions for GMOs in the Proposed Northland Regional Policy Statement. Soil & Health and GE Free Northland coordinated a group of 12 other interested parties in support of Whangarei District Council and Northland Regional Council in the Environment Court last month.
 
As a starting point, Federated Farmers challenged whether there is jurisdiction for local authorities to make provisions for the management of the outdoor use of GMOs under the RMA. That challenge has now been rejected by the Environment Court.

Can we keep local control over GE?


Can we keep local control over GE?

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Can we keep local control over GE?

 

Genetic engineering is again in the spotlight as the Soil & Health Association of NZ and GE Free Northland lead a group of interested parties in support of Whangarei District Council and Northland Regional Council in the Environment Court this Friday.

Federated Farmers of NZ lodged an appeal with the Environment Court, opposing precautionary provisions for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the Proposed Northland Regional Policy Statement.

COURT CASE FOR LOCAL CHOICE ABOUT GMOs

COURT CASE FOR LOCAL CHOICE ABOUT GMOs
GE Free Northland Press Release, 20 April 2015
On Friday, 24 April, an important Environment Court hearing will take place in Whangarei about the outdoor use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). 
GE Free Northland and the Soil & Health Association of NZ are seeking confirmation of their view that there is jurisdiction under the Resource Management Act for local control of outdoor use of GMOs in the face of a challenge to jurisdiction by Federated Farmers New Zealand.
 “We support the right of local bodies to manage any potential use of GMOs in their area, using the Resource Management Act.  We applaud the efforts of various NZ councils to put in place a much-needed additional tier of local protection against the risks of outdoor use of GMOs to our biosecurity, GE free primary producers, economy, environment, and food sovereignty," said GE Free Northland spokesperson Martin Robinson.
"Our councils have taken these steps because their ratepayers want a more locally responsive and planned app

GE Free Northland April 2015 Public Appeal for Funds

PUBLIC APPEAL FOR FUNDS BY GE FREE NORTHLAND
 April 2015

GE Free Northland AGM

GE Free Northland Notice of Annual General Meeting (AGM) 20th April 2015 Whangarei Details: Monday, 20 April 2015 Time: 7pm Venue: CBEC EcoSolutions 3 Bank St Whangarei (opposite Rose Street bus station) All Welcome More information: 09 4322155 (Whangarei) 09 407 8650 (Kerikeri) email: linda.grammer@gmail.com Thank you for your support and see you there! GE Free, organic nibbles provided, Naturally :)

World experts to discuss impacts of GE food

World experts to discuss impacts of GM food

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Minister Amy Adams showing disrespect for the good work of local councils

Minister showing disrespect - GE Free

15 August 2014 

 

Campaigners are denouncing the Environment Minister for opposing efforts by councils to create genetically-engineered free zones.

www.radionz.co.nz/news/regional/252266/minister-showing-disrespect-ge-free

 

NORTHERN COMMUNITIES WANT STRICTER GE CONTROLS

GE Free Northland Press Release

2 July 2014
NORTHERN COMMUNITIES WANT STRICTER GE CONTROLS

GE FREE Northland welcomes the news that Far North District Council and Whangarei District Council voted unanimously last week to jointly publicly notify the GMO Plan Change to ban all GMO releases and make any EPA approved outdoor GE experiments/ field trials a Discretionary activity (subject to additional local requirements that the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act does not require).

"This process is in keeping with the proposed collaborative GMO Plan change with Auckland Council, who has already begun the process through the proposed Auckland Unitary Plan," said Martin Robinson, spokesman for GE Free Northland.

Monsanto sues tiny, rural, farming state of Vermont, USA

Just hours ago, Monsanto, an overseas multinational with a horrendous public health and environmental track record made a chilling decision.

Monsanto and its allies have just announced they're suing the tiny, rural U.S. state of Vermont to stop a new law that simply requires genetically engineered foods to be labeled. In fact, the mere threat of a multi-million dollar lawsuit nearly caused the state to back off the labeling law altogether.

But Vermont is refusing to back down -- and they’re asking for our help. They're getting ready to fight back against Monsanto, and have even created a legal defense fund so people around the world can make donations to help them beat back Monsanto’s lawsuit.

The SumOfUs community is already fighting Monsanto on every front, but we need to show Monsanto now that we won't be intimidated. We won't let Monsanto bully our elected officials into submission.  People worldwide are being asked to help Vermont stand up to Monsanto, and pass comprehensive GE labelling laws in their own countries.


ACTION ALERT from SUM OF US, United States

Vermont is a small, entirely rural state with just 600,000 people. Vermont vs. Monsanto, one of the most powerful corporations in the world, is a classic David and Goliath fight.

But there’s much more at stake here than just whether GMO foods will be labeled in a single U.S. state. Vermont is actually the very first state in the U.S. to require labeling, and dozens of other states have said they will require labeling as well -- but only if Vermont’s law can survive this legal challenge.

High Court Prevents GM Developers Bypassing GM Laws

High Court Prevents GM Developers Bypassing GM Laws

      Media Statement, May 22 2014  Sustainability Council of NZ
 
The High Court has quashed a decision by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) that would have allowed developers of genetically modified crops to bypass New Zealand’s GM laws.
 
The Court found the EPA misinterpreted the law when it decided that GMOs from two new breeding techniques could go into New Zealand fields without any formal consultation or assessment of the impacts.  The EPA was also criticised for failing to act cautiously in the face of uncertainty. 
 
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