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 […]

Group wants HB clear of GMO’s

Green Growth is the new black. A lobby group called Pure Advantage has been formed by some business leaders to push green technology as a key plank to lift the country’s wealth.

  Green growth is the new black

HBRC expresses desire for further consideration to be given to GMO issues, and their willingness for Council to be involved in those investigations.

AgResearch stalls ‘damaging’ report

Kiran Chug, Dominion Post, June 23 2011 ‘Attempts to shut down a scientific report critical of AgResearch’s practices at its genetic engineering laboratories have been revealed through the company’s internal documents. The report has sparked a war of words between the Canterbury University professor who wrote it, and the Crown research institute he criticises. Professor […]

GM grass may not be so green

GM grass may not be so green Geoff Cumming, NZ Herald Saturday Jun 18, 2011 Grass – it’s what we grow best and is a cornerstone of the clean and green image that underpins New Zealand’s dairy and meat exports. Whether those exports would find as much consumer favour if raised on genetically modified pasture […]

Pure Hawkes Bay submits to the Hawkes Bay Regional Council and urges them to keep produce free from GMO by Caitlin Nobes, HB Today

Local growers could get premium prices for their products if Hawke’s Bay was officially free of genetically modified organisms, a lobby group says. Pure Hawke’s Bay members addressed the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council as part of annual plan hearings on Wednesday 8 June. Local orchardist Scott Lawson said there were significant advantages to being able […]

Hawke’s Bay growers call for GE-free zone

Marty Sharpe Dominion Post 3 June 2011 A group including some of Hawke’s Bay’s biggest horticulturists, producers and marketers is urging its councils to declare the region a GE-free food producing area. Pure Hawke’s Bay believes genetically engineered food production and outdoor field trials involving genetically modified organisms (GMOs) pose a threat to the region’s […]

Hawke’s Bay Moves to Capture Niche Market

Pure Hawke’s Bay is a group of growers and producers who want local government to embrace the vision of Hawke’s Bay as a food producing region of world renown, famous for premium, high quality food, produced sustainably. They are asking the Hastings District Council and the HBRC to preserve the region’s marketing advantage in the niche, […]