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 […]

Hastings Residents Get Behind a Campaign to Keep Hawke’s Bay GM Free

More and more Hastings residents are getting behind a campaign to keep Hastings GMO Free as the fundraising drive hits $40,000. Lots of people have donated money and given sites for signage as the campaign picks up momentum. Pure Hawke’s Bay Member and Pastoral Farmer Will MacFarlane says it’s heart warming to see the overwhelming […]

First Stake in the Ground to Keep Hastings GM Free

A group of Hawke’s Bay food producers have launched a campaign to keep Hastings GMO Free as the Hastings Council prepares to go head to head with Federated Farmers and the Government. Pure Hawke’s Bay today put its first stake in the ground, putting up billboards around the region to raise awareness and gain support […]

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 […]

Strong Future for Hawke’s Bay Economy as Hastings Council Secures GM Free Status

Hastings District Council has secured a major economic opportunity for local food producers by making the district the first offical GM Free food producing zone in the country. Media Statement (pdf version) Rules in the newly released Hastings District Plan prohibit both releases and field trials of GM crops and animals. “This is a great […]

It Must Be GM-Free, Minister

Talking Point, Hawke’s Bay Today, September 1 2015 For Hawke’s Bay food exporters, GM Free means serious business. If more signals from the marketplace were needed to underscore this, then recent developments in Europe couldn’t be clearer. Europe’s economic powerhouse, Germany is preparing to ban GM agricultural releases in its productive lands. Across the North Sea, Scotland […]

GM forestry proposals: Government move a mistake

A version of this opinion piece appeared in the Dominion Post on August 10 2015. The Government has a target of doubling the value of the country’s primary exports by 2025. It should support premium regional branding initiatives which generate higher returns for New Zealand’s food exports. For Hawke’s Bay producers, retaining the region’s current […]

Hawke’s Bay Today: Let’s help keep Bay food pure

The call by Hawke’s Bay food producers for government to allow their products to be officially branded GM free is commendable. Andrew Austin, Hawke’s Bay Today, August 20 2014 The group, calling itself Pure Hawke’s Bay food producers, has asked the Minister for the Environment, Amy Adams, not to change the Resource Management and “prevent our councils […]

Open Letter to the Environment Minister: We Need You to Work With Us

 This letter appeared in Hawke’s Bay Today, August 19 2014 gust 19 2014.  

Overwhelming Support for Local Decisions on GM Free Status: National Poll

Four out of five New Zealanders think councils should be able to keep their districts GM Free using local plans, according to a Colmar Brunton poll. The poll was commissioned by Pure Hawke’s Bay, a group of premium food producers who are asking councils in the region to secure Hawke’s Bay’s GM free status through […]