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BioGro Organic: Fair environment and Practice

Press Release 7 July, 2005 BioGro New Zealand

For immediate release

BioGro Certified Organic

is good for your health, the environment and social justice .

Fair environment and fair practice.

BioGro is proud of its standards that not only include positive environmental management but also incorporate the social justice aspects which underlie the principles of fair trade.

BioGro (The Biological Producers and Consumers Council of NZ) has long considered employment issues as part of its standards and further improved that component of its standards in January, and is keen that consumers realise that the BioGro standard incorporates a holistic approach to people and production.

This September in Adelaide the 15th International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements (IFOAM) Organic World Congress will be held.

IFOAM, the principle international organic body, has a new publication: Recommendations for Inspection of Social Standards, the base for international discussions to strengthen even further the social justice component of international organic standards.

BioGro enjoys its status as the premium certifier in New Zealand of organic production and will be participating in the discussions in Adelaide to encourage improvement in human rights in food production throughout the world.

BioGro recognises that the Fair Trade organisation is helping many people in developing countries. BioGro supports this initiative and records that IFOAM accredited organic certifiers such as BioGro not only certify that employers are meeting human rights requirements but are also certifying environmental production systems, a win win environmental and social high score.

Taking part in the congress and the incorporated International Scientific Conference on Organic Agriculture and the 8th International IFOAM Organic Viticulture and Wine Conference will be several BioGro Council and Board members.

ENDS

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