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Countdown GMO Impossible Burger Goes To Commerce Commission

Monday, 9 May 2022, 6:02 pm | GE Free New Zealand

Hopes have been dashed that Countdown would consider it unethical to mislead customers about use of unsustainable GMO soy by the Impossible Burger, and would label it voluntarily. GMO soy is of consumer concern for environmental reasons and many people don't want ... More >>

New Zealand Must Support Global Regulation Of Synthetic Biology 'Pandora's Box'

Tuesday, 3 May 2022, 7:48 pm | GE Free NZ

New Zealand must ensure the voices of Maori, other indigenous peoples and scientists independent of vested interests are part of the global community approach to the threat of synthetic biology to biodiversity and natural systems. The Convention on ... More >>

Productivity Commission's Report Advances GE Deregulation Threatening Safe Food Reputation And Ignores Animal Cruelty

Thursday, 21 April 2022, 5:39 pm | GE Free NZ

There are serious failings in The Productivity Commission's 'Frontier Science' Report, which advances deregulation of genetic modification, engineering (GM/GE), reciting Biotech industry justifications for loosening controls. [1] The report's push for ... More >>

Kua Hinga He Totara I Te Wao Nui A Tane.

Tuesday, 5 April 2022, 9:17 am | GE Free NZ

It is with great sadness we hear of the death of Dr. Moana Jackson. Dr. Jackson was a man of great integrity and passion. His work in law reform and education led to a greater awareness around Te Tiriti O Waitangi. He educated us on the responsibility ... More >>

Countdown Customers Warned About GMO 'Impossible' Burger

Tuesday, 15 March 2022, 10:48 am | GE Free NZ

Customers at Countdown supermarkets and other retail outlets are being advised to be aware of Genetically Engineered ingredients in the USA-made 'Impossible' burger. Shoppers should be alerted by a warning label on the 'Impossible' burger to reveal ... More >>

AgResearch's GE Clover A Costly Risk Ignoring Existing Solutions To Methane Reduction

Monday, 21 February 2022, 5:25 pm | GE Free NZ

The many years of AgResearch genetically engineered white clove,r bred to reduce methane emissions in animals, is delivering poor results when compared to existing multi species forage pastures. The AgResearch white clover cultivar was genetically ... More >>

Uncontrollable Species Collapse Too High A Price For GE Predator Control

Saturday, 20 November 2021, 3:07 pm | GE Free NZ

Using Genetic Engineering (GE) technologies such as gene editing for predator control to drive population collapse or extinction, pose unknown dangers and much suffering. [1] Scientists have openly expressed concerns about the ability to control gene trait ... More >>

New GE Burger Should Carry Warning

Wednesday, 10 November 2021, 8:49 pm | GE Free NZ

There should be a consumer warning label on the “Impossible burger” to alert customers to the novel GMO ingredients. The Impossible Foods Company is spending thousands of dollars to promote its recently launched imitation GM meat in New Zealand. ... More >>

New Zealand Must Not Block Global Consultation Of Synthetic Biology

Saturday, 2 October 2021, 5:59 am | GE Free NZ

New Zealand must heed concerns of the International Union for Conservation Of Nature (IUCN) calling for global consultation on Synthetic Biology. The IUCN resolution to ensure that global consultation on Synthetic Biology (SBGE) is undertaken calls ... More >>

'Bizarre' Approval Of Golden Rice In New Zealand Shows Dark Side Of Biotech

Saturday, 25 September 2021, 6:00 am | GE Free NZ

Australians and New Zealanders of all cultures express concern that an approval of GR2 GE rice by New Zealand authorities is adding to the problem of bio-piracy and exploitation of indigenous people's knowledge and resources by biotech companies. ... More >>

Kiwi Gardeners' Familiar Herbicide Pulled From US Shelves

Monday, 2 August 2021, 5:22 am | GE Free New Zealand

One of the most widely applied herbicides, used by New Zealand home gardeners, is being withdrawn from plant shops and supermarket shelves by its maker in the USA. Bayer has announced that it is withdrawing all its proprietary glyphosate - based ... More >>

Minister Urged To Intervene As Consumers Lose Out With Irradiated Food Approval

Thursday, 8 July 2021, 5:38 am | GE Free NZ

Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) has put industry profit before peoples health in its recommendation to approve irradiation of all types of fruit and vegetables between quarantine zones in Australia and New Zealand. Consumers are ... More >>

Ministry Wrong To See Future In GE Cigarettes

Friday, 18 June 2021, 8:30 am | GE Free NZ

There is concern that The Ministry of Health has been hoodwinked into promoting Genetic Engineering of tobacco as a credible option towards a Smoke Free Aotearoa. Submissions on the Smoke Free 2025 consultation document have closed, and it is positive ... More >>

Commission Report Loses Sight Of Sustainable Agriculture

Friday, 11 June 2021, 2:28 pm | GE Free NZ

The Climate Change Commission's report, Inaia tonu nei, has addressed the need to make radical changes in transport, electricity and waste minimisation to prevent serious climate problems for the future. [1] However the report fails to consider ... More >>

NZ Scientists Warned About Danger Of GE Viruses And Microbes

Saturday, 15 May 2021, 1:30 pm | GE Free NZ

New Zealand scientists interviewed on Newshub [1] calling for loosening regulatory controls on Genetic Engineering must heed warnings from overseas, and international standards of regulation need to be strengthened against the risks of genetically ... More >>

New Zealand Food Safety Minister Silenced In TransTasman GE Forum

Monday, 12 April 2021, 4:14 pm | GE Free NZ

New Zealand’s Ministerial engagement in the Trans Tasman GE Food Standards approval process has been silenced. The Conran review of the Council of Australian Governments COAG fora has recommended the dismantling of the Food Standards Australia New Zealand ... More >>

Silent Spring 2.0? - Gene-Silencing Pesticides Could Devastate Non-Target Species

Friday, 26 March 2021, 1:52 pm | GE Free NZ

New RNAi 'gene silencing' pesticides are being developed by Agro-biotec companies to kill insects by “switching off” their essential survival genes. [1] This use of genome technology has the potential to devastate non-target species, such as honeybees ... More >>

March 17th: 'D-Day' For Deregulation Of Genetic Engineering

Tuesday, 16 March 2021, 10:46 am | GE Free NZ

Consultation on global proposals to deregulate Gene Editing will end on March 17th, with the public and food producers largely in the dark about the major implications. The coincidence in date for proposals in Australia and the UK is a 'D-Day' for food ... More >>

March 17th: 'D-Day' For Deregulation Of Genetic Engineering

Sunday, 14 March 2021, 5:39 pm | GE Free NZ

Consultation on global proposals to deregulate Gene Editing will end on March 17th, with the public and food producers largely in the dark about the major implications. The coincidence in date for proposals in Australia and the UK is a 'D-Day' for food ... More >>

Organic Products Bill A Major Boost For Exporters

Thursday, 25 February 2021, 2:58 pm | GE Free NZ

Legislation regulating New Zealand's organic sector is about to pass through its final stages in Parliament and will be a major boost for exporters meeting the global demand for safe, 'clean', GE-free organic products. The Organic Products Bill helps ... More >>