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 Government New Zealand president Lawrence Yule said on Friday that councils have taken those steps because many people want a more precautionary approach than Government’s.
Mr Yule, the mayor of Hastings, said his council wants a 10-year moratorium on GE to give Hawke’s Bay food and wine an advantage in export markets.
Despite all the polling and research that councils have done, the Government is now preparing to over-ride them, he says.
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