Hawke’s Bay group wants region to promote GM-free food

Radio New Zealand: Pure Hawke’s Bay says the outcome of a consumer poll supports its call for the Hastings District Council to impose a 10-year ban on genetically-modified produced food. The poll of 500 Hawke’s Bay people found that 84% of those who responded want the region to remain GM-free. Pure Hawke’s Bay is an […]

Hawke’s Bay Today: Call to make most of GE free status

An easy economic boost is within Hawke’s Bay’s grasp by making official its current genetically engineered (GE) free food status, says grower John Bostock of Pure Hawke’s Bay (PHB). The group of growers commissioned a Colmar Brunton poll that shows councils have a clear mandate for the move – 84 per cent of Hawke’s Bay […]

Tasmania a leader in GM Free, Premium Branding

Tasmania and South Australia are both official GM Free food producing regions. Tasmania has prohibited the commercial production of GM crops for some years now, and has a branding programme to position the state as the home of gourmet foods. As it states, “global negatives” (such as GM foods) can be turned to the state’s advantage. […]

British Columbia Fruit Growers say no to GM fruit

Faced with the potential release of GM apples in the province, the BC Fruit Growers Association has come out against their release out of concern that their export markets will collapse. Last year, the producer board adopted a resolution  against the release of GM apples in Canada and this year, agreed to pursue GM Free […]

Canada: Politicians support BC growers’ fight against GM apples

May 22 2012 New Democrats are calling on the B.C. Liberals to defend the B.C. fruit industry by working with the federal government to keep the province free of genetically modified fruit. “The B.C. tree fruit industry produces healthy products that are world famous for flavour and purity.  Growers are concerned that this marketing advantage […]

Tell the Regional Council what to do about GM in the Bay

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is asking what it should do about GM agriculture in the region. It is vital that the council receives a strong response, so please make a submission.  It does not have to be long: you can simply write a brief note. The section on GM is here and the full consultation […]

HBRC: What to do about GM ag in Hawke’s Bay?

From the HBRC Long Term Plan Consultation  Draft HBRC Long-Term Plan  GMO-Free Hawke’s Bay  Our Proposal: HBRC is considering its response to submissions on the issue of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and the potential presence in Hawke’s Bay as part of experimental outdoor field trials. The use of GMOs is regulated through the Hazardous Substances […]

Monsanto props up weak GM crop price in Australia

Monsanto props up weak GM crop price in Australia The Australian 23 April 2012, p. 7 — GLOBAL grain buyers are marking down the price of Australia’s genetically modified canola as the European market shuts the gate on GM crops. The Australian Wheat Board is offering to buy up supplies of GM canola at guaranteed […]

Soy shows way to GMO free

Declaring Hawke’s Bay a Genetically Modified Organism (GMO)-free region is just plain business sense, says Hastings grower Scott Lawson. “We have to take advantage of this marketing opportunity,” he said. His crop of soy beans was proof of the added value the GMO-free status could give to all Hawke’s Bay produce. “There is clear interest in […]

Have your say: Hastings District Council launches discussion on GM ag

Hastings District Council has recognised that GM agricultural production is a key issue for the region and is seeking your thoughts on use of GMOs and other land uses in the district. You can vote on an online poll and post your comments on the  Council’s MyVoiceMyChoice website. The discussion board is open until mid-December and is an attempt […]