Concerns raised for future of GMO-free Hastings

Concerns about Hastings’ future as a GMO-free district have been raised, as reforms to the Resource Management Act (RMA) look to pass through the final stages in Parliament. Hawke’s Bay Today, November 11 2016 In May last year, Hastings District Council became the first in New Zealand to secure the territory’s GMO (genetically modified organisms) […]

Auckland Region on Track to Official GM Free Status

The campaign to keep Hawke’s Bay GM Free took another step forward today with the Auckland Plan Hearings Panel recommending the adoption of similar GMO Free rules to Hastings. The panel’s recommendations, released today, would protect the Auckland region’s GM Free status by prohibiting releases of GMOs for the life of the plan. In May last year, […]

Our GM-free meat status undersold

New Zealand meat exporters need to cash in on our GM-Free status, says Simon Beamish NZ Farmer, June 28 2016 OPINION: Hawke’s Bay’s GM Free status is hugely important for exporters and the pastoral sector can surely extract more value from the market. Walk through the door of a Whole Foods Supermarket into the fruit and vegetable area […]

Farmer advantage lies in GM Free

Farmers Weekly: Food producers and Pure Hawke’s Bay board members Bruno Chambers and John Bostock say the choice between using genetically modified organism or not is a no-contest. They contend GM has produced few positive results and customers don’t want it anyway. RECENT announcements by market heavyweights that they will eliminate genetically modified animal feed […]

Green Kiwi story sells food

Farmers Weekly: New Zealand food needs a brand to differentiate it as free-range, grass-fed and free of genetically modified organisms, special trade envoy Mike Petersen says. It would tap in to consumer concerns by differentiating NZ food from competitors, Petersen told the Deer Industry conference. The topic was picked up by other speakers including two major […]

GM free group making progress

Hawke’s Bay Today, May 17 2016 Victoria White The fight to keep Hawke’s Bay GM free took another step forward yesterday, when members of the Pure Hawke’s Bay Group presented to a parliamentary select committee in Auckland. Scott Lawson, John Bostock, and Pure Hawke’s Bay president Bruno Chambers spoke in opposition to changes in section 360D […]

GM-free market boost for region

Hawke’s Bay Today, March 23 2016 John Bostock Just last week, two of the US’s best known food companies, General Mills and Mars, announced they will label all products containing genetically modified (GM) ingredients. The companies’ move confirms the huge growth in North American consumer awareness and market demand for GM labeling – a global trend […]

Feds should support Pure Hawke’s Bay Initiative

Farmers Weekly, October 19 2015 Last month Hawke’s Bay farmers and food producers celebrated a significant victory with the Hastings District Council’s decision to protect the district’s GM Free food producer status in the local plan. The council was responding to a request by some of the region’s leading food producers, along with Ngati Kahungunu […]

RNZ: Hastings Officially GM Free

Hastings District Council has declared the district the first official genetically modified free food producing zone in New Zealand. Radio New Zealand News, September 14 2015 Rules in the newly released Hastings District Plan prohibit both the release and field trials of genetically modified crops and animals. Pure Hawke’s Bay has been lobbying to make […]

Hastings District goes GM-free

Hawke’s Bay Today, Doug Laing. September 13 2015 The food industry in Hawke’s Bay was ready to party last night after confirmation the Hastings District Council has become the first local body in New Zealand to block genetically modified food production. Industry leader John Bostock showed all the enthusiasm of a province winning the Ranfurly Shield […]