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SUBMISSION TO OPPOSE APPLICATION GMF06001.
Why I oppose application GMF06001 for Fields trial of GE broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and kale.
The trials ignore better alternatives for sustainable agriculture and have no long-term value, as the result will be GE plants that
Contaminate conventional crops, soil and honey
Destroy peoples right to grow and buy GE-free food
Cause insects to develop resistance and become even more of a problem
The wider community shares as a common understanding the need to protect GE-free production in New Zealand. It is basic common sense.
This sort of GE trial undermines public confidence in the direction and regulation of gene science.
I feel very strongly about this and feel it contradicts my democratic rights and freedom.
I oppose this application on the following grounds also;
1) The GE crops being developed could never be used commercially without causing widespread GE contamination of other crops and honey. This is unacceptable to the community
2) Contamination will destroy peoples right to buy GE-free food and threatens our economy because of loss of exports to overseas markets
3) The community will not benefit from development of Bt crops resistant to some insects as they can only be effective short-term and are not sustainable. As insects become resistant they will be even more of a problem for farmers
4) Communities face paying higher Council rates because of costs for clean-up, compensation and dealing with insect pests that have become resistant
5) Public money should not be wasted on GE products which the majority of New Zealanders (67% in recent surveys) do not want. The funds should be used for other research.
As with many publicly funded developments, the profits go to private companies in the end, with the public not being given their rightful dividend and or paying for environmental contamination etc, not to mention possible dangers to public health.
6) ERMA should not approve GE plants containing antibioticresistant marker genes which can add to existing problems in controlling disease. Other evidence of health impacts from Bt crops on people and animals must also be properly studied before the application is even considered.
7) GE food is not wanted and not needed. It is unstable and foolish to think that a field trial is in any way containable. We are here as custodians to look after a perfect eco system which is under siege by corporate greed.
The problems with this GE crop trial that must be noted:
Early resistance by pests (which has already occurred overseas)
– Fast spread of GE brassicas and interbreeding
-Contamination of GE free crops (conventional, pesticide-reduced
( IPM) and organic)
– Loss of markets through contamination of honey, crops and NZ’s clean green image
-Human and animal health risks
Organic and conventional producers can use natural Bacillus
thuringiensis (Bt), and careful use has maintained its benefit without
pest resistance. Organic and GMO free producers’ markets demand
products free of GMO contamination. Current Bt use poses little risk
to humans or stock as the toxin only reaches the pest caterpillar’s
The use of Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) in genetically engineered crops
elsewhere has shown an early build-up of resistance in pest insects,
resulting in the loss of a safe and important tool for many farmers.
GMO Bt poses risks as the toxin is in every cell of the GM crop,
including that eaten by consumers, and also the pollen and roots.
Brassica pollen travels large distances, and brassicas cross easily
with dozens of wild and cultivated cousins. GMO brassicas are a risky
proposition and central government (despite efforts by local
authorities and Local Government NZ to persuade them to do so) has
failed to provide a strict liability regime to ensure that those that
wish to experiment with GMOs will be held financially accountable for
any “unintended” or unforseen adverse impacts on other farmers,
consumers or the environment.
Key Notes / articles at Giant Experiment wwww.GiantExperiment.co.nz
1-6 GE-Free Food: Preserving the Preferred Option
7-21 Market Rejection of GE crops Internationally
22-25 Insect Resistance Will Develop
26-34 Contamination Is Inevitable if BT crops Used in Future
35-45 Learning the Lessons from Overseas Problems with Bt crops
46-48 Alternative Research Offers the Community Significant Benefits over this Research
49-51 Significant Differences between Bt Plants and other Bt bio-pesticides Must Not be Ignored
52-62 Regulation of GE Crops Overseas is Unreliable for Scientific Risk Management
63-70 Risks to Human Health
71-75 Negative Impacts on Animal Health
76-78 Impacts on Soil and Other Organisms
DO NOT MESS AROUND WITH MOTHER NATURE!!!!!!
I would like to be heard in support of my submission.