[1 June/The Country]

Federated Farmers pulled out of attempts to overturn plans to ban GMO testing and growing by a number of local authorities. It had taken several court actions and subsequent appeals. It argued the Government’s Environmental Protection Authority regulations were protection enough, and local government’s measures were unnecessary. Federated Farmers were criticised for its stance by Environment Court Judge, Laurie Newhook. Federated Farmers President, Katie Milne, said it would reassess its challenges of regional GMO policy in the future. GE Free Northland President, Zelka Grammer, said her group was grateful to Ms Milne for ensuring current litigation against various councils’ plan changes were withdrawn.