Stealth legislation on GE Trees in New Zealand? – Global Justice Ecology Project

The government of New Zealand are being accused of legislating by stealth by tearing down local protections that prohibit GMOs and GE Trees.

The proposed National Environment Standard on Plantation Forestry (NES-PF) would loosen restrictions on genetically modified pine trees and force councils to remove wording around genetically engineered trees from their policies and plan changes.

Whangarei District Council team leader of futures planning Kerry Grundy said the GMO

provisions seemed to have come “all of a sudden”.

“People are saying: why have you slipped this in? It’s overriding what councils want to do. If we have provisions around GM pine trees – which we do at the moment – we will have to take them out,” he said.

Read the full article from the Northern Advocate here.

via Stealth legislation on GE Trees in New Zealand? – Global Justice Ecology Project.

Author: Makere

A transplanted New Zealand Scots/Maori academic/grandmother/random singer and sometime activist, my life is shaped by a deep conviction of the necessity for active critical engagement in the multi-faceted global and local crises of being and survival of species that confront us in the 21st century, the urgency of re-visioning the meaning of thriving together, and the contribution of Indigenous knowledge systems to a truly sustainable and just global society.