Genetically modified crops ban to be extended in South Australia

South Australia will extend a moratorium on genetically modified crops until at least 2019. SA is the only mainland state maintaining a ban on GM crop production and trials. Government Minister Leon Bignell said the state’s GM-free status gave primary producers a competitive advantage in key overseas markets, including Japan. He said a continuing ban […]

Northland: War against GMO expected to escalate

Denise Piper, Fairfax NZ News, October 15 2012 Heavyweight genetic engineering companies are expected to object to Whangarei’s plan to ban outdoor use of genetically modified organisms. At one of its final meetings last week, the outgoing Whangarei District Council agreed to publicly notify proposed plan change 131 which prohibits outdoor releases of GMOs. It also […]

Northland: Council move backs GE-free campaign

Northern Advocate, October 23 2013 The long running campaign to keep Northland GE-free is making headway. The outgoing Whangarei District Council this month agreed to publicly notify a proposed plan change that will prohibit outdoor releases of genetically modified organisms. Plan change 131 also makes GMO field trials a discretionary activity but allows genetically modified medicines […]

GM stance deepens divisions

Straight Furrow, September 10 2013 Jamie Ball Federated Farmers is “clearly out of touch with markets” in their opposition to councils’ plans to introduce tighter regulation for genetically modified organisms (GMOs), says Pure Hawke’s Bay (PHB) spokesman Bruno Chambers. Chambers said the PHB coalition of regional food producers seeking to improve the region’s global reputation for […]

Washington state testing alfalfa for GMO contamination

Carey Gillam, Reuters Baltimore Sun, September 11 2013 (Reuters) – Agriculture officials in Washington state are testing samples of alfalfa after a farmer reported his hay was rejected for export because it tested positive for a genetically modified trait that was not supposed to be in his crop. If it is confirmed that the alfalfa […]

US: Strong Support for Labeling Modified Foods

Allison Kopicki New York Times, July 27 2013 Americans overwhelmingly support labeling foods that have been genetically modified or engineered, according to a New York Times poll conducted this year, with 93 percent of respondents saying that foods containing such ingredients should be identified. Three-quarters of Americans expressed concern about genetically modified organisms in their […]

Northland and Auckland Councils Working Party remains undeterred

Statement from the Working Party Convenor, Kerry Grundy Given the comments in the media concerning possible central government amendment of the Resource Management Act (RMA) to exclude a local government role in managing risks from GMOs, participating councils on the Inter-council Working Party on GMOs have agreed to make the following statement. Under the current […]

LGNZ says communities want stricter GE controls

Radio New Zealand Local Government New Zealand says communities are asking for stricter controls on genetically-engineered material than those set by central government. Environment Minister Amy Adams has said she will change the law to stop councils from Hawke’s Bay to the Far North setting their own rules to restrict GE crops and animals. Local […]

Minister’s GM move dismays opponents

Dominion Post, Marty Sharpe A group opposed to genetically modified crops is alarmed that, on the verge of Hastings possibly declaring itself GM-free, the environment minister has indicated that the decision is not one to be made by local government. The Pure Hawke’s Bay group was surprised to hear comments by Amy Adams that she intended […]

Adams to block councils from own rules

New Zealand Herald, Isaac Davison Environment Minister Amy Adams has confirmed she will block councils from setting their own rules on genetically modified organisms, saying that central Government’s controls on GM trials and releases were strict enough. The minister was challenged in Parliament yesterday after the Heraldrevealed she was investigating attempts by North Island councils to […]