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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One of the most widely applied herbicides, used by New Zealand home gardeners, is being withdrawn from plant shops and supermarket shelves by its maker in the USA.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 >>

NZ And EU Reject Gene Edited Organisms; Government Urged To Ensure Strong GE Regulation

Sunday, 31 January 2021, 4:23 pm | GE Free NZ

New Zealanders and Europeans have overwhelmingly rejected the genetically engineered new biotechnology (NBT) of gene editing and gene drives, a form of genetic engineering. In 2019 Dr. Maui Hudson, Waikato University, [1] released a report and survey of ... More >>

Shopper Warning As Approval Given For Pesticide Corn

Monday, 14 December 2020, 12:08 pm | GE Free NZ

Shoppers must start taking extra care when selecting the type of food they are eating, especially now that GE Corn with multi-pesticide resistance has been given approval by food safety regulators. The Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) Ministerial ... More >>

Petition For The Regulation Of Gene Edited Foods.

Monday, 30 November 2020, 10:36 am | GE Free NZ

The Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) Authority, a trans-Tasman body set up to assess genetically engineered food products for safety before allowing them into the food chains of Australia or New Zealand, is undergoing a review. A ... More >>

Level Of Animal Suffering 'Unacceptable' In AgResearch GE Experiments

Monday, 16 November 2020, 5:57 am | GE Free NZ

AgResearch's Ruakura genetically modified (GM) Animal Facility causes an unacceptable level of animal suffering and entails an unacceptable level of monetary cost and staff loss. The AgResearch Annual report, 2020, on GM animals confirms that genetic ... More >>

Gene Editing A Hot Debate

Wednesday, 28 October 2020, 4:05 pm | GE Free New Zealand

Industry lobbying for deregulation of gene editing (GE) is reigniting the public concern for protecting New Zealand's agricultural export reputation and environment. Dr. Jon Hickford recently chaired a forum with speakers from industry and Crown Research ... More >>

Gene Editing Forum: Stacked Attack On GM Regulation

Monday, 19 October 2020, 7:56 am | GE Free NZ

The AgScience Canterbury forum on Gene editing is being held in Lincoln on the 21 October [1] under the premise that there is ‘urgent need for wide and well-informed discussion and debate about gene editing’, yet the programme is stacked with embedded ... More >>