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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 >>

Scientists Raise Safety Concerns For Glyphosate-Resistant GE Foods

Saturday, 5 September 2020, 5:16 pm | GE Free NZ

Scientists have found that spraying with glyphosate-based herbicide triggers unintended effects even in genetically modified soybean varieties resistant to this type of pesticide. The researchers, from GenØk–Centre for Biosafety in Norway and the ... More >>

New Zealand Needs Its Own Food Safety Standards Authority

Monday, 31 August 2020, 8:00 am | GE Free NZ

New Zealand needs to establish its own Food Standards Authority. The call has been prompted over the lack of notification to engage New Zealand consumers and food producers in a review of Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) Act. [1] FSANZ is a trans-Tasman ... More >>

Protection From GE For Northland Growers And Exporters Welcomed

Friday, 14 August 2020, 5:31 am | GE Free NZ

The Environment Court has upheld the appeal by the Whangarei District and Far North District Councils and others on the management of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the coastal Marine Area (CMA) in Northland. [1] The Environmental Court ... More >>

Safety Regulations For GE Under Threat

Monday, 3 August 2020, 2:07 pm | GE Free NZ

GE Free NZ has just received information under the OIA on the EPA-approved GE clinical trial of a vaccine for liver cancer. Pexa Vec (Pexastimogene Devacirepvec) a live genetically engineered small pox (vaccinia) virus failed to reach its clinical endpoints ... More >>

Call For Politicians To Keep Regulation On Gene Editing

Monday, 20 July 2020, 11:34 am | GE Free NZ

Politicians from all parties are being asked to ensure there are strict regulations on Genetically Engineered Organisms (GE/GMO), including Gene Editing. There is media hype and exaggeration of the accuracy and safety of Gene Editing (GE) promoted by ... More >>

Precautionary Provisions On Genetic Engineering Are Welcome

Thursday, 18 June 2020, 2:15 pm | GE Free New Zealand

The Northland Regional Council (NRC), after continuing to monitor the Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO), issue has reviewed its position and, in a meeting on Tuesday 16 June, passed a motion to include provisions in the Proposed Northland Regional ... More >>

GE Corn Resistant To Twelve Pesticides A Poisonous Cocktail

Tuesday, 14 April 2020, 4:36 pm | GE Free NZ

A variety of genetically engineered (GE) corn developed to survive spraying with up to twelve different pesticides risks exposing consumers in New Zealand or Australia to increased levels of toxic chemicals. Bayer Crop Science has applied to Food Standards ... More >>

Are Australian GE Regulators Threatening New Zealand’s Food Chain?

Friday, 13 March 2020, 12:38 pm | GE Free New Zealand

Friends of the Earth Australia have uncovered disturbing evidence that the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) in Australia is allowing a number of gene editing (GE) techniques to be used in animals with no regulation at all. Friends ... More >>

We Mourn The Passing Of A Great New Zealander

Sunday, 8 March 2020, 4:54 pm | GE Free New Zealand

The news of Jeanette Fitzsimons sudden passing is a cause of great sadness and a time to remember and honour a great New Zealander. Jeanette was a voice for a vision of a better future, not just for Aotearoa but the whole world. Her calm and thoughtful ... More >>

New Ryegrass Benefits Farmers, Export Reputation, And Environment

Saturday, 29 February 2020, 11:03 am | GE Free New Zealand

Farmers can breathe a sigh of relief as they move into autumn. The future promise of a new high lipid ryegrass developed by conventional breeding and not using any gene editing or transgenic techniques shows that through innovation and foresight ... More >>

Application for GMO ‘Imitation Blood’ Raises Concerns

Monday, 20 January 2020, 8:26 am | GE Free NZ

Foods Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has received an application seeking approval for the GE Imitation blood ingredient used in the Impossible Burger to enter the food chain.[1] More >>

NZ Should Emulate South Australia's GE Moratorium

Monday, 16 December 2019, 8:21 am | GE Free NZ

15/12/2019 New Zealand should protect our global export reputation by following the example of South Australia's moratorium on release of genetically engineered (GE) organisms. [1] More >>

Do GE developers really know what they are doing?

Monday, 18 November 2019, 9:43 am | GE Free NZ

New Zealand consumers will be left in the dark about foods grown in Australia that have been created using gene editing techniques. On the 13 November the Australian Senator Rice put up a motion to disallow, or overturn, the recently passed Gene Technology ... More >>