01 August 01
Ian Ewen-Street's claims that the release of GM crops will threaten market opportunities for all New Zealand farmers are
unconstructive and reflect the Green Party's bias, according to Federated Farmers of New Zealand President Alistair
Federated Farmers supports the Royal Commission's recommendation to preserve opportunities and encourage the coexistence
of all forms of agriculture.
"I am tired of Mr Ewen-Street's consistent efforts to misrepresent Federated Farmer's position. The Federation's
submission to the Royal Commission supported farmers right to chose the production system that best meets market
demands, provided they meet ERMA safety processes.
"The Federation was represented at the Royal Commission by a team including FFNZ Vice President Tom Lambie, an organic
dairy farmer and Peter Corish an Australian successfully growing GE cotton and organic soya on the same property" said
"It is time for Ian Ewen-Street to focus on building New Zealand's international reputation as an innovative culture
with a strong scientific base to its agricultural industry. GM techniques will actually help New Zealand develop
sustainable solutions for the future."
"Now the Royal Commission has reported back it is time for all parties to work together for the best outcome for New