[19 July / Stuff NZ]

GE Free Northland is upset with Northland Regional Council’s decision not to put controls on genetically engineered plants (GE) and gene-modified animals. The group believe genetically modified organisms (GMOs) could now be used in the area such as genetically engineered salmon, as well as pine trees, fruit, vegetables and farm animals, particularly in Kaipara who does not have rules in place. The use of GMOs could damage the image used by produces to charge a premium price on their products. GMO advocates report that they can be used for good such as to create vaccines for animals or to help stop pests. The debate looks set to head back to court, with GE Free Northland appealing and expecting other groups to follow suit.