GE Free New Zealand in Food & Environment, 5th  June 2005

Fear Of Boycotts as NZ De-rails International Agreement

International consensus on a system to regulate GM organisms is being undermined by New Zealand and causing anger amongst nations around the world.

The shock moves by New Zealand have been reported from the Montreal meeting on the Cartegna Protocol and have caused a wave of stinging criticism.

"New Zealand's international standing and economic wellbeing is now being compromised by our government who are actively lobbying for one specific sector of industry at the expense of other sectors and the country as a whole," says Jon Carapiet from GE Free NZ in food and environment.

The government and exporters must be prepared for a backlash from overseas which could even include boycotts of NZ-made products as the news of the conference spreads.

"We are extremely worried that the attempt to de-rail the agreement will backfire on New Zealand. We are writing to the government asking for urgent action to rebuild our standing in the international community," says Mr. Carapiet.


Jon Carapiet 0210 507 681

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