Call to Action against GE trees- keep NZ GE free

The National Party (through the Minister for Primary Industries) has sneakily included a proposal for GE trees to be allowed in NZ in the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) proposed new National Environmental Standard for Plantation Forestry

Call to action from GE Free NZ Northland- say NO to GE trees!

This is a call to action from GE Free NZ, regarding the current National Party push (through Ministry of Primary Industries) to allow GE trees in the proposed new National Environmental Standard (NES) for Plantation Forestry in NZ ...and... to override local councils rules/ provisions against outdoor use of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

Say NO! to the Threat of GE Trees being planted alongside local indigenous forests and transgenic contamination of other exotic forests (which could result in the loss of Forest Stewardship Council and PEFC certification (the two international certification bodies for truly sustainable forests prohibit the use of GMOs/ GE trees due to the serious ecological risks of GE trees).

Support NZ councils who are working hard to retain our existing valuable GE-Free status and have placed precautionary and prohibitive GE provisions/ rules in their local plans...protect our existing valuable GE free status and local democratic process from political intervention by the National Party Ministers and NZ Crown Research Institute Scion (based in Rotorua and responsible for wasting public tax dollars on risky, unproductive GE tree experiments.

You can attend the Ministry for Primary Industries hui at Rotorua, next Monday, 13 July
11:30am and 5:30pm
Venue:
Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre
1170 Fenton Street
Rotorua
more information at:
ww.gefree.org.nz/action-templates/

Submissions on this matter are due - 5pm, Tues 11 August 2015 and should be emailed to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI)

Please help keep NZ free of GE trees, email your submission opposing GE trees and supporting the autonomy / authority of our local councils (in response to the MPI proposed new National Environmental Standard for Plantation Forestry) to:

NES-PFConsultation@mpi.govt.nz

Easy submission guide available shortly from GE Free NZ upon request:

email: president@gefree.org.nz
or ring (06) 308 9842 (Manawatu) 09 432 2155 (Whangarei)

GE Free NZ will be making a substantive submission opposing allowing GE trees (outdoor use of GMOs) in the NZ Plantation forestry standards (NES) and supporting local councils authority and jurisdiction (and the authority of local mana whenua) to keep outdoor use of GMOs out of their region.

more info:
www.mpi.govt.nz/news-and-resources/consultations/proposed-national-environmental-standard-for-plantation-forestry/

Of course, there may be other sections in the MPI proposed new National Environmental Standard for Forestry Plantations that you may wish to support or challenge (to prevent erosion, protect streams, rivers and indigenous flora and fauna).

GE FREE NZ supports genuinely sustainable, ecologically sound forestry, that provides access to key markets/ premiums for high quality, GE free timber products.

please sign the petition!

www.stopgetrees.org.nz/

Kia kaha!

xx Martin Robinson & Zelka Linda Grammer 09 432 2155

for GE Free NZ (Northland)

*The National Party Ministers / MPI are also showing a total disregard for the excellent precautionary and prohibitive GE policies of all Taitokerau (and Tuhoe etc) Iwi authorities for their respective rohe.

Further background:
The proposal by National Party Minister Nathan Guy/ MPI to allow GE trees in the new NES for Plantation Forestry puts at risk Forest Stewardship Council certified forestry blocks in NZ...the FSC and PEFC, two international certification bodies for truly sustainable forestry, prohibit the use of GE trees/ GMOs in FSC and PEFC certified forests).

see
sample excerpt

Forest Stewardship Council, (FSC), New Zealand standard

"Indicator 6.8.4
Field use of genetically modified organisms by the forest manager shall be prohibited."

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