Royal Commission of Inquiry

GE-Free New Zealand welcomed the establishment of a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI)into genetic engineering. We felt this issue needed to be comprehensively addressed. Until the RCI has looked into all aspects of GE, including medical and clinical research, we will not know that it is scientifically or ethically acceptable. Prior to the Royal Commission genetic engineering in New Zealand has not been adequately addressed. The Commission are due to report back on or before June 1st 2001.

The GE-Free NZ Submission Adobe PDF File to the Royal Commission of Inquiry was put together by Dr.Guy Hatchard & National Coordinator Claire Southward. We submitted Witness Briefs from the following people:

  • Dr. Mae Wan Ho, Institute for Science in Society (ISIS) Adobe PDF File
  • Prof. Joe Cummins, University of Ontario Adobe PDF File
  • Dr. Steven Druker, JD, Alliance for Bio-Integrity. Brought case against FDA-US Food & Drugs Administration. Adobe PDF File
  • Jon Carapiet, Consumer researcher Adobe PDF File
    (please click onto links to for witness briefs)

We presented the submission to the RCI on 30th Jan 2001 and additionally a closing Adobe PDF File submission & a legal Adobe PDF File submission were made in March 2001.

 

The Nelson GE-Free Awareness group  also made a submission to the RCI. Adobe PDF File

  • Allan Addison Saipe, Restauranteur, The Grape Escape. Adobe PDF File
  • Sol Morgan, Community Gardens coordinator, Golden Bay Adobe PDF File
  • Joe Rifici, Independent Citizen Observer/Analyst Adobe PDF File
  • Roland Dallas, Director Dovedale Foods (Bakery) Adobe PDF File
  • Dr. Steven Druker, JD, Alliance for Bio-Integrity Adobe PDF File
    (please click onto links to for witness briefs)

The Nelson GE-Free Awareness group  also made a closingsubmission Adobe PDF File to the RCI and showed overheads indicating
"TheReasons", Adobe PDF File "TheProcess" Adobe PDF File as perceived by them, plus Risks Adobe PDF File and Benefits.
Adobe PDF File

We hope our efforts at the RCI have not only increased public awareness but will eventuate in a positive recommendation by the Commission and will result in the banning of GE in Food & Environment in NZ. 

We would like to thank everyone who has been involved in the issue and supports us in our aim.

 

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