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Tuesday, 28 May 2024
Environment 5:00AM
EPA Decision Keeps GE in the Lab with Few Safety Controls on GMO Product

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved a large-scale fermentation laboratory for production of synthetic genetically engineered (GE) milk proteins."The EPA approval to Daisy Lab was done under "fast track" and only took 10 days to evaluate with no public notification.


Monday, 6 May 2024
Food 12:25AM
Genetically Engineered pig-soy a threat to all consumers

All consumers, especially vegans and vegetarians are right to be revolted by the threat of a brave new world of eating genetically engineered (GE) soy products that have been engineered with pig genes.


Monday, 15 April 2024
Environment 4:58AM
Lack of Capability at MPI to Manage GE-derived Plants: Risk of Unintended Consequences

There is risk of regulatory failure after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decision to devolve responsibility for genetically engineered “Null segregants” to the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI).


Sunday, 24 March 2024
Environment 7:16AM
Government's 'GMO 2025' Jeopardises Agriculture and the Environment

Minister Judith Collins announcement on the government's target to manage risk on Genetic Engineering (GE) by loosening regulation is a countdown to jeopardy for exports and the natural environment, and also enables the opening for a free trade deal with the USA.


Tuesday, 27 February 2024
Food 9:19AM
FSANZ Fails Responsibility for 'Duty of Care' as Untested GM Bananas Gets Go-Ahead

The Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has recommended that A1274 genetically engineered bananas be allowed into the food chain, even though FSANZ has not required evidence of the safety of the bananas or testing in feeding trials.


Friday, 23 February 2024
Science 1:08AM
GE Watchdog Decision Risks Compromising Protection of the Environment and Health

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has released its decision on “null segregants” (APP204173) defining them as "not genetically engineered organisms".


Wednesday, 31 January 2024
Science 3:36PM
Otago GE Wasp Project violates International Gene Drive agreement

DUNEDIN — Professor Dearden, Otago University, has received $11 million from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Enterprise (MBIE) to engineer wasps using gene drive technology.


Tuesday, 16 January 2024
Environment 2:03PM
ACT's outdated GE policy ignores the scientific perils

The National and ACT parties policy to loosen regulations on GE is unscientific and outdated.


Wednesday, 13 December 2023
Science 2:35PM
Scientists Warn Against Liberalising Rules on Genetic Engineering

Scientists are warning against deregulation of Gene Editing, in a joint declaration by independent scientists with multi-sector expertise in environment, animal and human health.


Friday, 1 December 2023
Environment 1:21PM
Liberalisation of Genetic Engineering Threatens the Environment, Farmers and New Zealand

The coalition governments’ move to loosen biotechnology (GE) regulation is set to let down farmers and consumers and put New Zealand's export reputation at risk.


Monday, 25 September 2023
Agriculture 11:34AM
AgResearch moves to conventional ryegrass breeding techniques

AgResearch is the key research partner in a consortium of Agribusinesses who have been funded $8.4 million dollars over seven years to select, identify and conventionally breed the best heat-tolerant ryegrass varieties growing in New Zealand.


Monday, 4 September 2023
Politics 9:15AM
Would a U.S. Free Trade Deal force New Zealand to adopt GE?

Three political parties, National, ACT and TOP, have declared that if they win the election they will “end the ban on GE”.


Tuesday, 13 June 2023
Politics 10:52AM
Ignorance around Regulation of Genetic Modification

The National Party joins three other parties who are pushing to "end the ban" on genetically modified/engineered organisms (GM/GE) regulation and allow the open release of GE in the New Zealand environment.


Sunday, 11 June 2023
Science 5:59AM
Viability Questioned After GE Ryegrass Application Withdrawn

The withdrawal of the application to grow GE ryegrass in Australia has added to doubts about the viability of AgResearch's GE-ryegrass which has already done poorly in previous trials.


Thursday, 11 May 2023
Agriculture 12:05PM
Secret talks to Allow GE Seeds Without Regulation Threatens New Zealand Farmers

Canadian 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.


Tuesday, 2 May 2023
Deaths 7:59AM
International Community Mourns Loss of Leading Advocate for Organic Food

GE-Free NZ is sad to hear of the passing of Ronnie Cummins, International Director of the Organic Consumers Association.


Friday, 28 April 2023
Health 7:09AM
Impossible Burger Stops Using GMO Soy protein As Its Main Ingredient in NZ

The US manufacturer of the 'Impossible Burger' has revealed that they have stopped using GMO soy as their main ingredient in products exported to New Zealand and Australia.


Saturday, 22 April 2023
Food 3:38AM
Call for Review of New Zealand's Approval of GE Rice

There are renewed concerns about the approval by Food Standard Australia NZ (FSANZ) of GE Golden Rice, following a ruling by The Philippine Supreme Court that Syngenta must "cease and desist" any commercialisation and propagation of the GE rice.


Thursday, 30 March 2023
Politics 10:05AM
Organic Bill Welcomed to Future-Proof Exports and Take Action on Climate Change

There are long term advantages for New Zealand from the work by MPI and the Organic sector to inform the standards and regulations for sustainable organic production.


Environment 10:03AM
New Zealand Native Bees Are Under Threat From The Toxic Pesticide Thiamethoxam

A hearing on the use of Actara, a highly toxic neo-nicotinoid pesticide now banned in the EU, will be held on Thursday 30 March by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


Thursday, 16 February 2023
Environment 4:49AM
Lesson for NZ in drought tolerant maize pushed on Africa by Monsanto

Another case of failed traits in genetically engineered (GE) crops shows New Zealand has dodged a bullet by maintaining our production systems and environment as GE Free.


Monday, 9 May 2022
Food 11:16AM
Countdown GMO Impossible Burger goes to Commerce Commission

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.


Wednesday, 4 May 2022
Science 5:05AM
New Zealand Must Support Global Regulation of Synthetic Biology 'Pandora's Box'

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.


Thursday, 28 April 2022
Food 2:52PM
Impossible Burger Dropped from NZ Supermarket Site

The fake GE burger from US Impossible Foods is no longer listed online by New Zealand supermarkets after concerns of greenwashing and deception of New Zealand consumers about the unlabelled use of GE Soy.


Monday, 11 April 2022
Food 1:27PM
Key and Jackson Urged to Intervene against Impossible Burger's Green Washing

Sir John Key and Sir Peter Jackson are being urged to use their influence with the board of the manufacturers of the Impossible Burger to halt the use of unsustainable GMO/GE soy that is usually heavily sprayed with RoundUp.


Tuesday, 15 March 2022
Health 1:54PM
Countdown Customers Warned About GMO 'Impossible' Burger

Customers at Countdown supermarkets and other retail outlets are being advised to be aware of Genetically Engineered ingredients in the USA-made 'Impossible' burger.


Thursday, 11 November 2021
Health 3:13AM
New GE Burger Should Carry Warning

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.


Tuesday, 29 October 2013
News 2:21PM
NZ's Achilles Heel: Scientists Warn of Harm from GE Food

An international group of over 85 scientists, academics and physicians has warned that harmful effects of GE foods may be being deliberately ignored, and say that there is no scientific agreement that genetically engineered (GE) foods and crops are safe.


Tuesday, 10 September 2013
News 12:50PM
Appeal For Safety Tests of New GE Food

GE Free NZ in Food and Environment has been advised that an appeal lodged with the Regulatory Review committee has been accepted [1]. The appeal is against the approval of a new GE food resistant to three toxic chemicals of which one has been recently banned in Australia [2].


Monday, 22 July 2013
Food 11:03AM
Astonishing' Rejection of Science By Food Safety Minister

The Food Safety Minister's decision to take the advice of bureaucrats and to reject peer-reviewed science, is nothing short of astonishing and puts the public at risk from food containing new levels of chemicals for which there is no known safe maximum residue limit.


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