INDEPENDENT NEWS

Greens Could Prompt Illegal GM Release

Published: Wed 28 Aug 2002 04:30 PM
Greens Could Prompt Illegal GM Release
Wednesday 28 Aug 2002
The announcement of a review of the Environmental Risk Management Authority in conjunction with the Greens could prove disastrous, ACT Biosecurity Spokesman Gerry Eckhoff said today.
"The Green's policy of no GM release outside laboratories clearly means they will apply conditions and costs impossible to comply with. What they fail to understand is that when reasonable applications are turned down or have impossible conditions imposed, illegal releases become the only option for those determined to benefit from this technology.
"The illegal release of the Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease is a case in point. Desperation drove the illegal entry and spreading of RHD which has been very successful, but could have been even better had the opportunity to manage the release presented itself.
ERMA already has a reputation for being extremely thorough and prudent, if under-resourced.
"The review will only be greeted with despair by those seeking the advance of good science.
"We are now in the extraordinary situation for a country such as New Zealand where the wealth-creation component of rural New Zealand is stopping research, and the crown research institutes are contemplating going overseas," Mr Eckhoff said.
Ends

Next in New Zealand politics

A New National For New Zealand
By: New Zealand National Party
Cancer Society Hopes Final Pharmac Report Is Stronger
By: Cancer Society
New Zealand Response To Assist Peace And Stability In Solomon Islands
By: New Zealand Government
Child Poverty Monitor 2021 Highlights Persistent Inequities In Rates Of Child Poverty
By: Child Poverty Action Group
Bridges Appointed Finance & Infrastructure Spokesperson
By: New Zealand National Party
Waitangi Week
By: Waitangi National Trust
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILE © Scoop Media