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on Sunday, July 17, 2016 - 10:31

The Green Party is congratulating the organics sector on taking major steps this weekend to unify the sector, as well as wishing the Soil & Health Association a happy 75th birthday.

In a show of the sector’s strength and confidence about the future, major organics organisations Soil & Health and BioGro New Zealand have combined to bring their significant strengths together, and sector umbrella organisation Organics Aotearoa New Zealand has chosen to expand its membership, embracing key food industry players and the grassroots of organics.

on Friday, May 6, 2016 - 15:29

The Government needs to up its game and do more to support dairy farmers into organics as payouts for organics continue to skyrocket, the Green Party said today.

Today Fonterra announced a 2016/2017 market-linked forecast of $9.20 per kilo for organic milksolids – more than double the price for conventional farmgate milk ($3.90 per kilo) – reflecting a global surge in demand for organics.

“Organic milk is better for our farmers’ backpockets and for our environment – it should be one of the Government’s priorities,” said Green Party organics spokesperson Steffan Browning.

on Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 10:39

A lack of commitment to the organic farming sector from the National Government is causing New Zealand to fall behind our major agricultural competitors in the race to compete for the high-value organic dollar, the Green Party said today.

The 2016 New Zealand Organic Market Report, released today, shows there has been a 55 percent decline in the area of New Zealand farmland producing organic livestock in 2015. At the same time, organic farmland in both Australia and the EU increased, alongside a 15 percent growth in the value of the Australian organic sector.

on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 00:00

 

STEFFAN BROWNING (Green): Kia ora, Mr Assistant Speaker. The Prime Minister failed us yesterday. There was no organic target. There was no target for a bright economic and clean, green future. Instead, the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement was his mantra. It was just at the end of last year that we did the first reading of one of the bills that is one of the ones listed as needing to be changed to suit the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and I said then that it was a Trans-Pacific Partnership bill. That is the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines Amendment Bill.

on Friday, January 29, 2016 - 11:02

The Government should help cash strapped dairy farmers by assisting them to transition to higher premium organic milk production, the Green Party said today.

“Organic milk is fetching an extra $1.75 per kilo of milk solids over  Fonterra’s forecast $4.15 farmgate price, and internationally processors are crying out for it,” said Green Party organics spokesperson Steffan Browning.

on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 16:44

The Green Party is calling for the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) to ban herbicide-tolerant swedes that are responsible for the deaths of hundreds of dairy cows, after a report into their use told farmers to either not use them, or to be cautious about their use.

“DairyNZ’s recent report into the safety of herbicide-tolerant swedes makes several recommendations that include not using the product, which begs the question that if it’s so harmful, why is it still being sold?” said Green Party GE spokesperson Steffan Browning.

on Friday, November 20, 2015 - 14:16

The National Government should ban the use of controversial pesticides called neonicotinoids after evidence has revealed that even at low doses they cause harm to bee populations, the Green Party said today.

The comments come on the back of research published in Nature magazine, which confirmed even low doses of neonicotinoids (called neonics for short) affect bumble bees’ ability to forage and pollinate crops.