Environment Minister Nick Smith wants to bully us into accepting GE plants into New Zealand using bad law, unproven claims about productivity, and emotional spin on cancer treatment research. Instead of trashing our overseas reputation, we should be far more visionary: a GE-Free Aotearoa where high-value organic production is sustainable and maximises export returns. As […]
It’s just not good enough for the Government to not give any guidance to the 456 businesses who are still receiving support after the November Kaikoura earthquake on the future levels of support. The money will dry up in two weeks, and the Government is refusing to answer questions about whether they will extend the […]
Green MP Steffan Browning flew south after Monday morning’s 7.8 magnitude quake. He documented his time assessing the recovery and relief efforts. I got to Kaikōura as early as possible following Monday’s earthquake, I will be spending as much time as possible in the region to do all that I can to aid in the […]
It is appropriate that the palm kernel expeller (PKE) ship off Tauranga has been sent packing.
Six months ago the Green Party launched a campaign to stop the use of glyphosate-based herbicides, such as Roundup, being used to control weeds in our streets, parks and playgrounds. In that time thousands of people have signed our petition seeking an urgent full reassessment of glyphosate and glyphosate based herbicides. The Green Party decided […]
Guest Blog post by Huia Jackson, YouthMP for Steffan Browning
The Budget is an opportunity for the Government to launch a pesticide reduction strategy that multiplies the Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) and the Ministry for Primary Industries capacity to reassess pesticides and other toxins. A government organic strategy and supportive advisory programme, could mean a major switch to highest value organic production for our primary production exports from all parts of New Zealand.
The highlight of my year would have to be the success of our campaign to save bees. Bees work hard for us pollinating the crops we eat, but right now they need us to put in some effort on their behalf too. Many New Zealanders could be unwittingly using pesticides called neonicotinoids in their gardens […]
A few weeks ago the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) called for submissions about proposed changes to the classifications and subsequent rules around organisms developed using chemical and radiation treatments and that may be considered products of genetic modification (GE/GMO). Background For many years some plant breeding especially, has used chemical or radiation mutagenesis treatments to […]
New Zealand food producers who are committed to producing safe, organic and GE-free foods will be scratching their heads over a Western Australian Court of Appeal decision this week. Organic farmer Steve Marsh lost 70% of his organic certification because GE canola blew over from the neighbouring farm contaminated his crop. But the court ruled […]