Previously known as Physicians and Scientists for Responsible Genetics PSRGNZ - Charitable Trust
As required under the new 2005 Charities Act, PSGR has reregistered as a charitable trust.

Physicians and Scientists for Global Responsibility

 

In the interests of the public’s right to be independently informed, PSGR supports:

A GE free New Zealand

 

All genetic engineering experimentation should be confined to the strictest laboratory containment. (Genetic engineering and genetic modification are equivalent and interchangeable terms.)

PSGR supports in principle the *non-government organisations and †government agencies listed here subject to critical analysis and/or review of information given on their websites. The links are provided for your convenience and information. We urge you to research any of the subjects and become informed.

 

*Conscious Consumers suggests how consumers can help determine which businesses thrive and ultimately shapes the world in which we live.  www.consciousconsumers.org.nz

 

Consumers' Right to Safe Food

 

Food Standards Australia New Zealand - a bi-national government agency responsible for developing and administering the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code, which lists requirements for foods such as additives, food safety, labelling and GE/GM foods. www.foodstandards.gov.au

 

*Forest & Bird Best Fish Guide ranks the ecological sustainability of seafood from our commercial fisheries, plus FAQ http://forestandbird.org.nz/what-we-do/publications/-best-fish-guide

 

*Greenpeace GE Free Food Guide - “reflects a strong ongoing non-GE position from New Zealand food companies and an unprecedented anti-GE stance from Australasia’s largest food company, Goodman Fielder. GF - the umbrella company for brands like Edmonds, Meadow Lea, Meadow Fresh and Irvines - spoke out against the lifting of Australian State bans on genetically engineered (GE) food crops, urging all Australian State Premiers and Agriculture Ministers to keep the oilseed crop (canola) GE free.  Goodman Fielder cited consumer opposition to GE foods and Australia’s best interests as reasons for its unprecedented public step into the wider GE debate.” www.gefreefood.org.nz/downloads/GreenpeaceGEFreeFoodGuide08.pdf

 

*Greenpeace Red Fish Guide: www.greenpeace.org.nz/SOS

 

*GE Free New Zealand in food and environment promotes making the NZ environment and food free of genetically engineered/genetically modified organisms. www.gefree.org.nz/about.htm

 

*Health Freedom New Zealand Trust - a consumer rights advocacy and action group dedicated to reinstating and protecting consumer rights to make healthcare decisions.  Campaigns nationally and internationally include Water Fluoridation, Codex Reform, GE Free and Safe Food and activities to protect consumer rights to natural health choices. www.healthfreedom.co.nz

 

New Zealand Food Safety Authority – the government regulatory body with a mandate to protect consumers by providing an effective food regulatory programme covering food produced and consumed in New Zealand as well as imports and exports of food products. ww.nzfsa.govt.nz/ and www.foodsafe.org.nz

 

*New Zealand Vegetarian Society - vegetarianism is humane, healthy and friendly to the environment. Among others, the Society aims: *to bring to people’s attention the cruelty to animals and destruction of the environment caused by a non-vegetarian way of life; *to stress the necessity for peace and harmony among people and all other living creatures. www.vegetarian.org.nz/content/

 

*Organic New Zealand. To know food is safe and free from contamination is a fundamental human right, but the right to know exactly what we are eating is often taken away and even routinely denied to us. www.organicnz.org/campaign/safefood

 

*Safe Food Campaign campaigns for safer, healthier food, provides consumers with information about safe food, and lobby government to make food safer.  www.safefood.org.nz

 

*Sustainability Council of New Zealand aims: to assist the realisation of a sustainable New Zealand; protect and enhance New Zealand's ecosystems, the health of New Zealanders, and the nation's ability to derive income from established land uses; undertake research into issues related to the sustainable development of New Zealand for example, genetic modification; provide information to assist well-informed and effective community participation in decision-making on issues related to sustainability. The Council is independent of any political party, company or other organisation. www.sustainabilitynz.org

 

Codex Reform

 

*Health Freedom New Zealand Trust - a consumer rights advocacy and action group dedicated to reinstating and protecting consumer rights to make healthcare decisions.  Campaigns nationally and internationally include Water Fluoridation, Codex Reform, GE Free and Safe Food and activities to protect consumer rights to natural health choices. www.healthfreedom.co.nz

 

Codex Alimentarius Commission was established in 1963 to protect the health of consumers, ensure fair practices in the food trade and promote coordination of all food standards work undertaken by international governmental and non-governmental organisations. Health Freedom New Zealand states it has become clear that Codex is now influenced by the interests of the pharmaceutical, pesticide, biotechnology and chemical industries. www.healthfreedom.co.nz/codex-reform.html. 

Codex guidelines and standards are mandatory under the General Agreement on Trade & Tariffs (GATT) of the World Health Organization (WHO), i.e. binding for all signatory countries, of which New Zealand is one. A non-Codex-compliant nation could face economic repercussions. For example, Europe pays annual fines of $117 million to the US and $11 million to Canada through the World Trade Organization (WTO). This because it refused to import beef and dairy products that were derived from cattle fed genetically engineered bovine growth hormone (rBGH). Codex maintains rBGH-containing meat is safe.

The Codex Guidelines for Vitamin and Mineral Food Supplements supports the mandatory application of the Guidelines within the jurisdictions of its member States.  If the Codex Guidelines are implemented in New Zealand, most therapeutic dosages of vitamins and minerals, with other nutrients to follow, will become illegal. Natural health professionals would lose their tools of trade and the consumer will be denied freedom of choice. We may see:

*organic standards undermined; food labelled “organic” may contain unacceptable chemical additives and processing aids, or having been grown with chemical pesticides;

*significant pesticide residues in foods;

*lower Nutrient Reference Values; therapeutic grade vitamins and minerals reclassified as drugs;

*the implementation of GE/GM food crops and animals;

*the approval of 'terminator seeds'.

If Codex implements its strategies we may not know what we are eating and have reduced or no access to natural nutrients or remedies that can contribute to wellness. www.healthfreedom.co.nz/codex-reform.html

 

Country of Origin Labelling on all fresh or processed foods produced, manufactured and/or sold in New Zealand

AND

Full disclosure of all product ingredients on the labels and/or displays of all fresh or processed foods produced, manufactured and/or sold in New Zealand

 

*CoOL New Zealand – a coalition of consumer groups, producer boards, community interest groups, unions and companies who all believe New Zealand must change its law to make CoOL mandatory on all food labelling. www.cool.org.nz/.

 

*Fact Sheet www.greens.org.nz/factsheets/country-origin-labelling-factsheet-0

 

Identity Preservation (IP) - the principle of identity preservation for food is to preserve details of origin from seed through to the finished food product. To allow freedom of choice to the consumer, there must be traceability, display and accountability.  Everything must be documented.  

IP is a process or system of maintaining the segregation and documenting the identity of a food product to produce organic or non-genetically engineered/conventional seeds, grains and other food products; preserving the identity of such products through every stage of planting, growth, handling and production.

IP may also be used in ethanol production to identify the product used to produce the ethanol, whether genetically engineered, hybrid, wild or conventionally grown.

 

*Organic and Non-GMO Report (March 2007), the http://thenon-gmoreport.com/downloadables/The_Organic_&_Non-GMO_Report_Dec-Jan_2010.pdf; www.non-gmoreport.com/articles/mar07/identity_preservation.php

 

*Organic certification looks more closely at the land, checking that no agricultural chemicals are used, and on genetic purity.

See Identity Preservation focuses almost entirely on crop purity.

 

Private Members Bill for Mandatory Country of Origin Labelling

Sue Kedgley MP (The Green Party) www.greens.org.nz/bills/country-origin-labelling-bill

 

Fluoride Free New Zealand

 

*Fluoridation-free NZ Coalition - www.voxy.co.nz/category/organization/fluoridation-free-nz-coalition-0.

“A new study shows that “arthritis” alone costs the health system (i.e. taxpayer) $2 billion per year (1.2% GDP). And it will keep increasing unless something is done, according to the authors. But much 'arthritis' is actually misdiagnosed skeletal fluorosis, caused by over-exposure to fluoride - the toxin put in many of NZ's water supplies - according to the World Health Organisation. Doctors are not trained to diagnose this in NZ,” advises Mark Atkin, Fluoride Action Network NZ's co-representative on the Fluoridation-free NZ Coalition.” Wednesday, 26 August 2009www.voxy.co.nz/national/fluoridation-contributes-2-billion-annual-health-cost/5/22208; www.banfluoride.org.nz

 

*Fluoride Action Network - an international coalition seeking to broaden public awareness about the toxicity of fluoride compounds and the health impacts of current fluoride exposures. www.FluorideAlert.org

 

*Fluoride Action Network New Zealand - a founding member of the Fluoridation-free NZ Coalition, a coalition of national health-focussed organisations launched in 2009 to take national action to end water fluoridation. www.fannz.org.nz

www.fannz.org.nz/ismytownfluoridated.php to see if your water supply is fluoridated

www.fannz.org.nz/importantdevelopments.php for the latest fluoride information

 

*Health Freedom New Zealand Trust - a consumer rights advocacy and action group dedicated to reinstating and protecting consumer rights to make healthcare decisions.

Campaigns nationally and internationally include Water Fluoridation, Codex Reform, GE Free and Safe Food and activities to protect consumer rights to natural health choices. www.healthfreedom.co.nz

 

Human Health

The Breast Health Foundation (est. NZ 2010) brings the latest research and information to answer vital breast health questions about how the environment affects breast health. http://www.breasthealthfoundation.org.nz/

 

Environmental & Human Health Aoteraroa (EHHA) which investigates the impact of pollution on both ecosystem and human health local, regionally and globally - focused on *chemical, pharmaceutical and biological pollution and waste disposal, *the impact of global business systems on human health and the environment and *critiques of cost-benefit analyses and risk assessment in the areas of health and environmental protection. http://www.ehh-aotearoa.org/

EHHA is a participating member of the International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN)

Pesticide and Poison Free New Zealand

 

*A poison free New Zealand – under Health Freedom New Zealand.  www.enufisenuf.co.nz/our-supporters.html.

 

Methyl bromide kills all pests, from microbes to insects and weeds. It is also extremely toxic to humans. From the New Zealand Ministry for the Environment website: www.mfe.govt.nz/issues/ozone/depleting-substances/methyl-bromide.html.

 

Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer (a protocol to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer) is an international treaty designed to protect the ozone layer by phasing out the production of a number of substances believed to be responsible for ozone depletion including methyl bromide. It is believed that if the international agreement is adhered to, the ozone layer is expected to recover by 2050.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montreal_Protocol

 

Under the Montreal Protocol control measures required developed countries to phase out the production and consumption of methyl bromide by 1 January 2005 and 1 January 2015 for developing countries. Three categories of methyl bromide use are exempted from phase-out under the control measures: use as a chemical feedstock, uses that the Parties to the Montreal Protocol deem ‘critical’ subsequent to complete phase-out, and use for quarantine and pre-shipment (QPS).

 

Biosecurity New Zealand - New Zealand is required to provide the Ozone Secretariat statistical data on the annual amount of methyl bromide used for QPS purposes and implement procedures to monitor the uses of methyl bromide for QPS purposes by commodity and quantity. www.biosecurity.govt.nz/commercial-transport-and-border-management/facilities/official-use-of-methyl-bromide

 

Methyl bromide reassessment by the New Zealand Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA) - In November 2009, ERMA New Zealand complete a second look at the risks, costs and benefits of a substance approved under the HSNO Act. The Authority may decide to change controls or conditions placed on an approval, or withdraw the approval altogether. Decision due in 2010.  www.ermanz.govt.nz/hs/methyl%20bromide/index.html; www.ermanz.govt.nz/hs/methyl%20bromide/Methylfaqs.html

 

*The Coalition against the use of Methyl Bromide includes: Soil & Health New Zealand Association; The Green Party; The Rail and Maritime Transport Union; Council of Trade Unions; The Safe Food Campaign; Guardian of the Sounds; The Pesticide Action Network; Maritime Union New Zealand; Friends of Nelsonhaven and Tasman Bay.

The Coalition say six Nelson port workers have died of motor neurone disease in recent years. A cluster of deaths such as this is 25 times the international average for the general population. One thing they all had in common was their workplace, where methyl bromide is used to fumigate logs for export. Professor Ian Shaw, Toxicologist and Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Canterbury, asserts that methyl bromide may have caused motor neurone disease in the Nelson Port workers.

 

*The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions (CTU) is part of the Coalition Against the Use of Methyl Bromide. CTU President, Helen Kelly, says: “New Zealand’s use of methyl bromide has actually been increasing despite being a signatory to the Montreal Protocol which calls for its use to be gradually phased out.  Since log exports to China alone more than doubled between 2008 and 2009 New Zealand is effectively sanctioning increased use of this dangerous chemical, despite the fact that China, like most of the major importers of New Zealand timber, will accept logs fumigated by other means.”  http://union.org.nz/news/2010/ctu-joins-methyl-bromide-protest-26410

*The Unionist – the newsletter of the NZ Council of Trade Unions http://union.org.nz/methylbromide

 

New Zealand National Strategy for the phase-out of Methyl Bromide Critical Use Exemptions, prepared by the Ministry of Economic Development in association with Strawberry Growers of New Zealand and in consultation with the Ministry for the Environment January 2006.  www.unep.ch/ozone/Exemption_Information/Critical_use_nominations_for_methyl_bromide/MeBr_Submissions/newzealand.pdf.

 

Methyl Bromide Phase-out Strategies: A Global Compilation of Laws and Regulations  www.unep.fr/ozonaction/information/mmcfiles/3020-e.pdf

 

*Stakeholders in Methyl Bromide Reduction (STIMBR) provides an interface between users of methyl bromide, fumigators applying treatments, government departments concerned with reducing the use of ozone depleting substances, researchers seeking alternative treatments and strategies, and other affected parties.  www.stimbr.org.nz

 

*Pesticide Action Network Aotearoa New Zealand - PAN AP has situated itself in the grassroots movements of Asia and as such has gained strength from these linkages.

Currently, PAN AP has 108 partner groups in the Asia and the Pacific region, and more than 390 PAN AP participants. www.panap.net and www.pananz.net

*Safe Food Campaign - aims to disseminate information about safe food and lobby for change. www.safefood.org.nz

 

Recycle – reduce – reuse (See also Sustainability)

 

*AskShareGive is an online community where people share their time, skills, transport, and old or unused goods.  AskShareGive is not-for-profit and free to join.  No money changes hands on the site.  www.asksharegive.org.nz/

 

*Greenpeace - Reduce, reuse, recycle – ideas, information and action. www.greenpeace.org/new-zealand/campaigns/ancient-forests/action/reduce-reuse-recycle

 

*Paper4Trees - run by the Environmental Education for Resource Sustainability Trust, EERST, organises environmental programmes and waste  assessments for schools, councils and businesses.  They have the Paper4tTrees Programme, the Water4schools Programme and the Energy4schools Programme.  They also spek directly with community groups and work with local councils to give practical, simple solutions to waste problems.  www.eerst.co.nz/

                                          

*Plastic waste information – facts, statistics and frequently asked questions. www.plastics.org.nz/page.asp?id=502.

 

Sustainability Govt NZ - developed and supported by the Ministry for the Environment. www.sustainability.govt.nz/rubbish/reduce-reuse-recycle.

Options include the following:

 

Reduce, reuse and recycle - an easy guide to cut down on household rubbish and save you money, reduce the amount of rubbish being sent to landfill, while also lowering carbon emissions.

‘Next Step’ Plan - a personalised plan to help you live more sustainably.

'Balancing Acts' – a 25 min DVD from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

YouTube for information on Food - Housing – Travel

‘25 easy steps towards sustainability’ - a booklet of tips for reducing your environmental footprint. Download or read on line.

Also Discussion Forum - Blogs - Hear What Others Think.

 
*The Freecycle Network™ comprises groups worldwide, is a grassroots and entirely non-profit movement of people giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns, reusing and keeping good stuff out of landfills.  Membership is free.  Google Freecycle and the town where you live.  www.freecycle.org/

 

*Zero Waste Trust – encouraging and motivating all sectors of New Zealand society to work towards a target of Zero Waste.  ww.zerowaste.co.nz

Check out the Zero Waste website:

Computer and e-waste recycling - one of the fastest growing waste problems worldwide. Includes a list of computer refurbishers. www.zerowaste.co.nz/default,331.sm.

 

Waste Minimisation Act 2008 - allows for product stewardship schemes which collect and rec ycle products instead of sending them to landfill. www.zerowaste.co.nz/default,719.sm

 

Zero Waste Council Project - Since 1999, 70% of NZ Local Authorities have adopted a Zero Waste policy; most aiming for Zero Waste by 2015. www.zerowaste.co.nz/default,councils.sm.

Council Waste Studies and more on www.zerowaste.co.nz/default,280.sm.

 

Sustainability (See also Recycle – Reduce - Reuse)

 

*100%NZ - encourages web surfers to get in behind and support 100% New Zealand owned and operated businesses.  http://100.newzealand.co.nz/index.php

 

*Buy local - purchase domestic produce and products rather than imported ones.  www.greens.org.nz/buylocal?page=3

 

*Buy New Zealand Made - a private sector campaign funded by membership.  www.buynzmade.org.nz

 

*GE Free New Zealand in food and environment promotes making the NZ environment and food free of genetically engineered/genetically modified organisms.  www.gefree.org.nz/about.htm

 

See also Organic section.

 

*New Zealand Society for Sustainability Engineering and Science – NZSSES's purpose is to advance sustainability engineering and science; a Technical Interest Group of the Institution of Professional Engineers of New Zealand (IPENZ) and an Affiliate Organisation of the Royal Society of New Zealand (RSNZ).  http://nzsses.auckland.ac.nz/

 

*Sustainability Council of New Zealand aims: to assist the realisation of a sustainable New Zealand; protect and enhance New Zealand's ecosystems, the health of New Zealanders, and the nation's ability to derive income from established land uses; undertake research into issues related to the sustainable development of New Zealand for example, genetic modification; provide information to assist well-informed and effective community participation in decision-making on issues related to sustainability. The Council is independent of any political party, company or other organisation. www.sustainabilitynz.org

 

*Sustainable Aotearoa New Zealand Inc. - a charitable trust run by an elected board; Wendy Reid, Executive Director - learning to live within our environment's capacity to support human life. Phase2 is dedicated to the advancement and adoption of science-and ethics-based (strong) sustainability through leadership and engagement.  http://sites.google.com/site/strongsustainability/

 

*The New Zealand Association for Environmental Education - a national, non-profit organisation that promotes and supports lifelong learning and encourages behaviours that lead to sustainability for New Zealand/Aotearoa.   NZAEE is an independent voice for environmental education, empowering people to respect and nurture the environment, recognising its link with the social, cultural and economic aspects of sustainability. www.nzaee.org.nz/

 

*The resource site for sustainable living. Reduce your impact on the planet and get a healthier lifestyle in Aotearoa New Zealand. www.sustainablehouseholds.org.nz/

 

*United Nations Association - Wellington and Northern Committees - Action for a Thriving Sustainable NZ Future

Agenda 2030 outlines a vital and empowering tool to create crucial sustainable practices over the next 14 years in all areas of human endeavour. http://www.un.orh/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals

Sustainable and organic farming in New Zealand

 

AsureQuality - a commercial company 100% owned by the New Zealand Government providing food safety and biosecurity services to the food and primary production sectors. www.agriquality.co.nz

 

*Bio Dynamic Farming and Gardening Association - incorporated in 1945 to promote, foster, guide and safeguard in New Zealand the biodynamic approach to agriculture, horticulture, forestry and animal husbandry as initiated by Rudolf Steiner in 1924 and as practised progressively since that time. www.biodynamic.org.nz

 

*Bio-Gro New Zealand - a not-for-profit organic producer and consumer organisation, actively working to grow organics in New Zealand.          www.bio-gro.co.nz

Check out www.biodynamic.org.nz/resrepch10.html for research and development organisations and scientists

 

*Far North Organic Growers Association aims to offer affordable organic certification and provide meaningful verification that food is grown to a standard without chemical or prohibited inputs.  www.farnorthorganics.co.nz

 

Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research is New Zealand – a Crown Research Institute (CRI). It specialises in sustainable management of land resources optimising primary production, enhancing biodiversity, increasing the resource efficiency of businesses, and conserving and restoring the natural assets of communities. (CRIs are Government-owned that function as independent companies, but must comply with Government expectations set out in the CRIs Act (1992) as well as with all other relevant legislationn environmental research; ww.landcareresearch.co.nz/about/company/governance.asphttp://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/sustainability

 

*New Zealand Organic Kiwifruit Growers Association

 

*New Zealand Organic Register www.organic-register.com/

 

*OANZ is the organic industry representative, a coalition of Bio Gro, Soil & Health, the Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association, the Organic Products Exporters of NZ (OPENZ), Organic Farm NZ, Te Waka Kai Ora, Agriquality and affiliates from the Organic Dairy Producers Group and the Certified Organic Kiwifruit Association.

 

*Odairy - an electronic mailing group forum for organic dairy farmers, transitioning farmers, and farmers interested in organic production methods; service providers including veterinarians, those involved in production and sales of organic dairy products and supplies, University Extension, researchers, NRCS and Agriculture Agency staff; those involved in milk marketing and distribution; and consumers. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/odairy/

 

*Organic Dairy Producers Group promotes organic dairy farming as viable and sustainable.  It aims to provide a forum to allow members to exchange ideas and information, and be a voice for organic dairy farmers in NZ.  www.inmotionmagazine.com/nztrip/russim1.html

 

†‘Organic Farming in New Zealand. An evaluation of the current and future prospects including an assessment of research needs’ – A Comprehensive Report from Caroline Saunders, Jon Manhire, Hugh Campbell and John Fairweather; MAF PolicyTechnical Paper No: 97/13, ISSN 1171-4662, ISBN 0-478-07462-X.  www.maf.govt.nz/mafnet/rural-nz/sustainable-resource-use/organic-production/organic-farming-in-nz/org1.htm#E13E1

Produced by the Department of Economics and Marketing at Lincoln University, Canterbury, New Zealand and Agriculture New Zealand, Riccarton, Christchurch

 

*Organic Farms NZ - is a certification scheme operating under the Soil & Health Association, but run at grass-roots level. It operates by peer review and is designed to give consumers confidence that the food they buy is of the same standard as that produced under the Bio-Gro, Demeter and Certenz labels. www.organicfarm.org.nz

 

*Organic Federation of New Zealand (OFNZ) - aims to promote organics in the New Zealand community and to provide a common voice for the organic industry.

 

*Organic Pathways - www.organicpathways.co.nz/

 

*Organic Pipfruit Growers NZ Inc

 

*Organic Products Exporters of NZ Inc (OPENZ) - the unified voice of the organic sector, bringing people together to help grow a vibrant, organic future.  www.organicsnewzealand.com

 

*Permaculture Institute of New Zealand - to promote and empower permaculture education, activism and advocacy in Aotearoa NZ.  www.permaculture.org.nz; www.livinglightly.org.nz; www.ecoshow.co.nz

 

*Soil & Health Association of New Zealand Inc. (est. 1941)

Healthy Soil - Healthy Food - Healthy People

Producers of Organic NZ

Supporting an Organic NZ by 2020

www.organicnz.org/96/organic2020/

 

*Sustainability Council of New Zealand aims: to assist the realisation of a sustainable New Zealand; protect and enhance New Zealand's ecosystems, the health of New Zealanders, and the nation's ability to derive income from established land uses; undertake research into issues related to the sustainable development of New Zealand for example, genetic modification; provide information to assist well-informed and effective community participation in decision-making on issues related to sustainability. The Council is independent of any political party, company or other organisation. www.sustainabilitynz.org

 

*WWOOF New Zealand (Willing Workers On Organic Farms) provides the opportunity to live and gain work experience on New Zealand organic properties. www.wwoof.co.nz

 

PSGR supports in principle the non-government organisations and government agencies listed here subject to critical analysis and/or review of information given on their websites. The links are provided for your convenience and information. We urge you to research any of the subjects and become informed.