Don’t lift your moratorium says Canadian GE farmer Sunday, Mar 16, 2003
Former GE farmer Bob Willick has a simple message for the New Zealand Government: “don’t lift your moratorium on GE release”. His message to New Zealand farmers is: “don’t be sucked in by the false promises of the biotech corporations”.
As the New Zealand Government is about to announce their co- existence strategy for GE release in New Zealand, a former GE grower from Canada, Bob Willick and his wife Barbara, on a brief visit to New Zealand, says “the idea of co-existence is just slick corporate deception.”
“Once you release GE it will spread and then they say you just have to tolerate a small level of contamination, but that’s not what people want. The corporations don’t respect the peoples wish to eat GE free, they just want to sell more chemicals and profit from the patented seed premium.”
“We can’t grow canola organically or non-GE anymore in Saskatchewan because of GE spreading through the fields.”
Bob Willick is a canola farmer from Saskatchewan, a former conventional grower and grower of Monsanto’s Roundup Ready GE canola who has recently converted to organic farming.
Bob and 960 other organic farmers are mounting a class action against Monsanto and Bayer seeking to recover damages associated with the release of GE canola in Canada.
“Farmers are now battling to stop the release of Monsanto’s GE wheat in Canada and the States. Here in New Zealand you can avoid the GE problems altogether by keeping your moratorium in place. Your GE free foods and crops are worth a premium in the global market.”
Bob is visiting New Zealand following a tour of Australia (3), where he has spoken about liability issues, the economics of Roundup Ready canola, and the reality of GE and conventional co-existence in Canada. Bob will be speaking with Federated Farmers today.