Hastings’ GM-free status under the spotlight as bill passes second reading

Concerns over the ongoing ability of local councils to declare their regions GM-free, as Hastings did in 2015, are mounting as a bill makes its way through Parliament potentially introducing powers to remove such GM rules from local plans. Nicki Harper, Hawke’s Bay Today, March 24 2017 Hastings became the first council in the country to […]

GM last modification needed on RMA bill

A potential ministerial override of local government bans on release of genetically modified organisms is the last issue still to be resolved before the Maori Party will vote to overhaul the Resource Management Act. Waatea News, 08 Mar 2017 16:06 PM Environment Minister Nick Smith says the deal is done, and he expects the party’s […]

Regions Hit Back at Minister’s Continued Crusade To Quash GM Free Zones

Pure Hawke’s Bay Media Release March 6: The Environment Minister is continuing his crusade to strip regions of the ability to be GM Free – despite his ongoing struggles to get backing from Parliament. Today, the Local Government and Environment Select Committee reported back today on the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill, which contains proposals that […]

Reforms threatening GM-Free Hastings to be re-negotiated

The Maori Party have praised a video calling for them to pull support from reforms which threaten Hastings’ future as a GMO-free district. Hawke’s Bay Today, February 4 2017. By Victoria White. Hawke’s Bay leaders were joined by public figures from around the country in the video – titled Protect Our GM Free Growing Regions […]

US: Federal Approval Of GM Grass Seed Sparks Outcry

A decision by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to deregulate a genetically modified grass seed has raised concerns about contamination in Oregon’s billion-dollar grass seed industry. Cassandra Profita. OPB, January 18 2017. Genetically modified creeping bentgrass was created by Scotts Miracle-Gro as a product for golf courses. But the grass escaped from its test plots, and has […]

Atkins Ranch gets GM-free tick in US

A kiwi lamb company has gone beyond simply “clean and green” to establish a solid foothold in the lucrative North American premium red meat market. Richard Rennie, Farmers Weekly, January 9 2017 Atkins Ranch, known in New Zealand until last year as Lean Meats, has become the first lamb exporter to gain full non GMO […]

China: Nation’s main grain-producing province bans GM crop

Northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province will ban the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops starting from May 2017, the official Xinhua News Agency reported, citing a provincial regulation passed on Friday.  Liang Fei, Global Times. December 18 2016 Cultivation of GM crops, including corn, rice and soybeans, is banned. The production and sale of GM seeds is […]

Maori Party raises concerns over RMA changes

A law change which could let the Government overrule local councils’ bans on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are under threat, with a key support partner expressing concerns. Sam Sachdeva. Stuff, December 19 2016 The Maori Party, which has faced criticism for supporting Resource Management Act reforms, has written to Environment Minister Nick Smith with a “please […]

Minister Lacks Support, Should Drop Bid to Abolish GM Free Regions

Media Release: The Maori Party’s announcement that it does not support law changes designed to put an end to regional GM Free zones has been welcomed by Hawke’s Bay food producers and exporters group, Pure Hawke’s Bay. In a letter to the environment minister last week, the Party stated that it does not support changes to […]

Concerns raised for future of GMO-free Hastings

Concerns about Hastings’ future as a GMO-free district have been raised, as reforms to the Resource Management Act (RMA) look to pass through the final stages in Parliament. Hawke’s Bay Today, November 11 2016 In May last year, Hastings District Council became the first in New Zealand to secure the territory’s GMO (genetically modified organisms) […]