Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

First Major Supermarkets to Dispense GE Free Guide


First Major Supermarkets to Dispense GE Free Guide

Auckland: Foodstuffs, New Zealand's biggest retailer and producer of the Pam's private label brand of products, is allowing the owner operators of their New World stores to dispense the latest edition of the Greenpeace GE Free Food Guide.

Foodstuffs strengthened their private label GE free policy position last year by committing to exclude GE ingredients and feed from their Budget and Pam's products. Now much of the PAMs range is listed for the first time in the non-GE 'green' section of the popular GE Free Guide. This makes Foodstuffs the first of the two major supermarket chains to achieve a 'green' rating for a considerable portion of their private label brand range.

"Foodstuffs private label non-GE position is great and the New World Owners should be commended for making the Guide available to their customers. It has already proven a very popular information tool for the public and I'm certain these wee guides will fly out the door," said Greenpeace GE Campaigner Steve Abel. There have been 100,000 copies of this latest credit-card sized fold out guide published and this is the fifth edition of the Greenpeace Guide since it's first publication in 2000.

The Foodstuffs executive responded positively last month to Greenpeaces' suggestion that New World stores could dispense the free guide. Already five New World stores have put their hand up, including the Green Bay, Remuera and Victoria Park stores in Auckland and the Whitianga and Taihape stores. The large Henderson Pak 'n' Save is to offer GE Free Guides on 10 of their 16 counters. The Body Shop and a number of organic shops throughout the country will also carry the Guide.

"The steady shift away from the use of GE foods continues in response to customer demand," says Abel. Since the previous edition was produced in November last year both Arnotts (now green) and Mainland Products (now orange) have moved from the red categorisation.

Mainland's shift is very significant because it is based on a new policy that their suppliers not use feeds containing GE crops in dairy production (1). "Inghams are a major feed supplier to the dairy industry so this is another blow to their continued use of GE soy," said Abel. Greenpeace is currently running a campaign for Inghams and McDonalds to stop sourcing GE soy feed and commit to a non-GE policy

The Guide is being launched today in time for the arrival of the Rainbow Warrior to Auckland on 12 May. There will be open days on the boat on the weekend of 15 and 16 May from 10am - 4pm.

Full supermarket and fast food guide online at http://www.gefreefood.org.nz

To download the guide http://www.greenpeace.org.nz/pdf/foodguide_winter04.pdf

To download the front image http://greenpeace.org.nz/photos/Food Guide front cover final.jpg

To download the poster for supermarkets http://greenpeace.org.nz/photos/GE Free Food Guide Poster.jpg

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Reaction

Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced

 

Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>

ALSO:


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election