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Soil & Health in GE court case
Kia ora to all members!
Thank you! What incredible generosity Soil & Health members and supporters around New Zealand have shown in our recent appeal. We have received fantastic financial and moral support from hundreds of people in our defence of the Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s precautionary approach to genetic engineering.
GE court case at Mount Maunganui
The Environment Court case, Scion versus Bay of Plenty Regional Council, was heard on 28-29 November 2013. Thank you to everyone who came and showed support for Soil & Health, the other interested parties, and the Council.
Soil & Health presented a strong and professional case. The court has reserved its decision. We will keep you updated when we have further information.
Also check out GE Free Bay of Plenty’s Facebook page for information: https://www.facebook.com/groups/599567166750686/
In 2011 Soil & Health and several other parties filed submissions supporting the Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s precautionary approach to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in its proposed Regional Policy Statement. Scion (the publicly owned NZ Forest Research Institute, which is trialling GE pine trees at Rotorua) challenged the policy in the Environment Court.
Soil & Health took the lead role among a group of Section 274 parties (parties who previously made submissions). The others are: GE Free NZ, GE Free Northland, John Sanderson, and former BOP regional councillor Karen Summerhays.
The case may well be precedent-setting and have an impact around New Zealand. Other local bodies (in Auckland, Northland and Hastings) have, or are looking at, prohibitive or precautionary policies on GMOs. But Environment Minister Amy Adams has signalled the government may take away local bodies’ right to determine their own policies on GMOs.
Thank you for your donations! Further donations welcome
· Thank you to everyone who has supported our appeal so far! We couldn't have done it without you. Further donations are welcome, and can be made via www.organicnz.org.nz/subscribe-donate or by cheque to PO Box 340002, Birkenhead, Auckland 0626.
· Soil & Health’s original submission can be seen at www.organicnz.org.nz/node/144