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 Secret talks to Allow GE Seeds Without Regulation Threatens New Zealand Farmers


fbioe 10 913728 g001Canadian Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau has approved the adoption of Gene Edited (GE) seeds without any regulation, health or safety assessments, traceability or liability and only voluntary disclosure. The deregulation of GE seeds includes the U.S., Japan, Australia, Argentina and Brazil, as cited by National Newswatch Canada. [1]

The article indicates that the New Zealand Government has been in closed door talks to “progress allowing GE seeds to be imported and sold in New Zealand, the UK and the European Union”.

“GE Free NZ has written to the Minister to clarify if this statement is correct,” said Claire Bleakley, president of GE Free NZ. “If this is true, the Government has breached its “duty of care” and opened up dangerous economic and safety issues that GE regulation protects, through these secret talks.”

The agreement threatens to destroy the important point of difference that has benefited our economy and exports from Aotearoa New Zealand to the world based on our world-leading standards for clean, safe, natural, GE Free and organic food.

Gene Editing has been around for only 10 years. The GE seeds have not undergone any long term environmental or health safety testing, even though laboratory studies have shown deleterious mutations and altered gene function called “off target effects”. [2]

This is a direct threat to New Zealand exporters who sell their products as non-GMO.

"This is killing the goose that lays the golden egg for New Zealand exports," said Jon Carapiet, spokesman for GE Free NZ.

Consumers want certainty around food safety and the choice to avoid the unknown environmental and health effects of GE. New Zealand exporters can guarantee that all products are GE Free and and underpins our economic wellbeing.

Un regulated, Untested and unlabelled novel GE products betrays consumers at home and abroad and destroys the integrity of the food system to produce organic and GMO-free food.

This adds to concerns of excess pesticides in the environment and in foods that negatively impact people and natural ecosystems.

The Government must be called to account as to why they have led secret talks into the deregulation and release of GE without public consultation.

[1] https://www.nationalnewswatch.com/2023/05/08/organic-groups-not-happy-with-gene-edited-crops-decision/#.ZFspRy1h39A
[2] https://www.gefree.org.nz/documents/advanced-gene-editing-technologies-gmo-2-0/
Jon Carapiet- spokesman 0210507681
Claire Bleakley - president - 027 348 6731/ 06 3089842