Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Foreign investment highlights the organic advantag

Green Party Agriculture spokesperson Ian Ewen-Street today said it was encouraging that foreign nations were recognising the obvious benefits of producing organic food in New Zealand.

Nikken Foods Ltd, a large Japanese health food company, has recently brought a farm and an old school in the South Island to convert to organic production and processing as well as a health and environmental education centre.

Mr Ewen-Street urged the Government to start taking serious notice of New Zealand's organic potential as it was a tremendous, one-off opportunity.

"Foreign nations are moving their business to New Zealand as they clearly see the merits in producing organic food in a country with a clean, green reputation," said Mr Ewen-Street. "The appeal is also because to date New Zealand is free of genetic engineering and this holds massive appeal to organic producers."

Mr Ewen-Street congratulated Nikken Foods for setting up a 'showcase organic farm' near Oamaru and said the company's investment in the area would be good news for the regional economy.

"There are a number of lessons to be learnt from this purchase, the first being that New Zealand's economic future lies in substantiating our clean, green reputation. We can never compete internationally if we decide to produce the same old genetically engineered commodity crops which are spreading around the world," he said.

"Our future lies in branding ourselves as the cleanest, greenest nation on earth with the world's safest food. Companies like Nikken are the tip of the iceberg and there is no way they would be choosing to come here if we had fields full of genetically engineered corn, wheat, soy or rape," he said.

"Seventy per cent of New Zealanders know our future lies in organics, 70 per cent of those who produce our crops know it too. The public know it, the farmers know it, businesses are fast realising it. The biggest challenge now is to make Government realise."

Mr Ewen-Street said the Green Party's policy of New Zealand as an organic nation by 2020 had never been more pertinent.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Dealing Crackdown, Addiction Support: Government Action On Synthetics

The NZ Drug Foundation has welcomed the Government’s response to synthetic drug deaths. The response strikes a balance between giving law enforcement the tools they need to target criminal networks and changing drug law to make it easier for people to access help when they need it. More>>


Strategy Committee Unanimous: Wellington To Forge Ahead With Convention Centre

The three-storey Cable Street building, with around 18,000-square metres of floor space, will comfortably be able to host 1500 people for conventions. It includes a 1651sq m exhibition area that will attract international exhibitions too big for nearby Te Papa and provide an always-changing visitor attraction. More>>


Surveying The Surveillance: First IGIS Review Of Warrants Under New Act

The report sets out the Inspector-General’s interpretation of the new warrant provisions under the ISA and her expectations of the GCSB and NZSIS when they prepare warrant applications. More>>

SSC: 2018 Public Service Workforce Data Published

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has published the 2018 Our People, Public Service Workforce Data , which shows the Public Service is making significant progress in important areas. More>>


Sinking Cap: Auctions, Permanent Forests, Added To ETS

The move to auctions, signalled in an August consultation paper, will help put a cap on the number of emission units available over time. Annual announcements, looking forward five years, will help provide certainty for scheme participants, she said. More>>


Joint Select Committee Report: Achieving Smokefree 2025

In a historic first for select committees, the Māori Affairs Committee and the Health Committee presented their joint report on achieving the Smokefree 2025 goal to the House on Tuesday, 11 December 2018. More>>

"Shared Interests And Democratic Values": Peters To Visit USA

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington D.C. for talks with US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and other senior members of the US Administration. More>>




InfoPages News Channels