GE Free New Zealand
Press Release 8.10.01
Public reject Life Sciences lobby labelling teachers, students and concerned citizens as Taleban. Commercial interests
deny uninsurable and incalculable risk from field trials, whilst scaremongering with hysterical talk of cholera
As New Zealanders joined events around the country in support of keeping the New Zealand food-supply and environment "
GE-Free", demanding the government stop contamination of the soil and environment from GE field-trials, Life Science
Network Francis Wevers, finally overstepped the mark at a Wellington Resource Management Law conference, in a vehement
speech against GE opponents, referred to as the ‘Eco-Taleban.’
“It is disgusting to liken the concerns of thousands of ordinary New Zealanders, young and old, to a terrorist regime,
that the whole world has condemned," said Susie Lees, who spoke, at the conference, on behalf of GE Free NZ. “I am
concerned if government funded CRI’s and Universities approve of such a debasement of discussion about an important
issue. We are not anti-science, but are against the inappropriate use of irresponsible science.”
“It is unethical for commercial interests to use the public as guinea pigs, or the environment as an experimental GE
play-ground, when commercial insurers have refused to insure. Biotech interests are denying there is an uninsurable and
incalculable risk from field trials. Breaches of efforts to contain GE experiments, continue to put our export and
tourism reputation at risk.”
Hysterical talk of cholera epidemics was also scaremongering, since sources at the Ministry of Health have acknowledged
they would no longer need to rely on live GM vaccine, now withdrawn in New Zealand.
Solid evidence of the dangers of GE foods was also refuted, showing no understanding of a worldwide rejection of GE food
products, even Bosnian refugees recently refused GE supplies 'donated' by the US. The Royal Commission has approved
bodies like ANZFA who have for years allowed unlabelled GE foods to be sold, so denying the basic right of people to
choose. GE foods are on the market, against the advice of leading scientists at the FDA, and many independent scientists
ERMA’s CEO Bas Walker also spoke at the conference, ERMA, also, have been praised by the Royal Commission, despite
approving human genes to be copied into cows during the so-called 'moratorium', resulting in scores of aborted foetuses.
ERMA have admitted an investigation into the threat to our ecology from HGT-Horizontal Gene Transfer ceased, because the
person looking into it 'has left'. HGT was identified by the Commission as a most serious issue requiring research
before field trials or releases contaminate soil.
For more information:-
Susie Lees 03-546-7966