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

 

Christmas comes early for the Organic Sector

5 December 2018

“This is an amazing Christmas present for the organic community and we’re delighted,” says Bailey Peryman, Chairperson for the Soil & Health Association, welcoming the Government’s announcement to progress with a national standard for organic production next year.

“People want clean, safe food, and are increasingly turning to organic foods and products but it’s difficult to be sure that they really are organic. This legislation can provide certainty to everyone and build a clear definition of what the word ‘organic’ actually means.”

The national standard also opens a constructive forum for discussing the differences in practices across New Zealand. We recognise that there are a small number of organic practices and inputs that are currently certified that other producers might consider harmful for stock and the environment. It is critical that we focus on the qualitative outcomes for people – providing clear information about what is in our food and accurate labelling to guide families in making good food choices.

New Zealand is presented with a great opportunity to learn from the failures of organic regulation overseas. Primarily, that regulation needs to be managed by producers and consumers to maintain the integrity of organics within the standard.

Soil & Health has a long history of campaigning for these standards. It cautions that the adoption of a single National Organic Standard is holistic and must not disadvantage small growers and local markets.

“Many of our members are small-scale organic growers and producers who only sell their products locally, direct to their consumers and choose not to become certified due to the costs and effort involved. While all relevant businesses should comply with a new National Organic Standard, the framework of regulation needs to be proportional so not to unfairly disadvantage anyone” says Peryman.

“We are looking forward to working with Government and the sector to draft legislation which ensures that the oversight and integrity of organics is being upheld for the benefit of all”.

[ENDS]

© 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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels