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We March! GE Free rally confirmed

Published: Tue 8 Oct 2002 04:52 PM
We March! GE Free rally confirmed
Greenpeace and the Auckland GE Free Coalition have confirmed a GE Free rally and march for November 16 in Auckland.
The event will begin at Aotea Square at 12 noon on Saturday the 16th of November.
“The message just doesn’t seem to be getting through to the Government, that the majority of New Zealanders don’t want GE in our food and farming,” said Steve Abel, Greenpeace GE campaigner.
“The stakes are very high with GE – it’s the future of our whole agricultural economy. It doesn’t make sense to be rushing towards commercial release of GE in clean green New Zealand,” said Abel.
A GE Free rally was held on 1 September last year, when thousands of people marched up Queen St in opposition to the decision by the Royal Commission on Genetic Engineering.
“Even more evidence has become available since the Royal Commission, confirming that GE farming is a dead-end road both practically and economically,” said Abel.
“We say a truly precautionary approach to GE is to keep it in the lab and use it for ethical medical applications, such as the production of insulin for diabetics”.
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