Local voices

Here’s what local growers say about Hawke’s Bay food production staying GM Free:

Andrew Van Workum

“We can’t afford to be good. We have to be excellent, by having the cleanest and purest brand in the world.” ~ Andrew Van Workum (Mr Apple)  






Bruno Chambers & Will MacFarlane
Photo courtesy of Marie Taylor

“We live in a fantastic country and are blessed with great growing conditions. Why would we compromise our reputation as a quality world producer of safe sustainable food by being early adopters of GM crops? This would be an irreversible step backwards.”
Bruno Chambers (Sheep and Beef Farmer, TukiTuki Valley)
“Hawke’s Bay food producers and exporters need to know that there are not going to be any GE releases. This is where our councils come in because only they can secure legal GE free food status. This is too good an opportunity to not take.”
Will MacFarlane (Stud Farmer, Waiterenui Station)

John Bostock

“Keeping our fields GE Free is the lowest cost, best returning proposition on the horizon for Hawke’s Bay’s food industry.” ~ John Bostock






Maureen and Wayne Startup

“The Village Press exports New Zealand produced Extra Virgin Olive Oils to 14 Countries. Being a relatively high cost producer (compared with subsidised European Olive Oil producers) GM Free food producer status would enable us to greatly enhance the authenticity and traceability of our food producer supply chain. This would further differentiate our Olive Oil product offering.”
~ Maureen and Wayne Startup (Village Press)




You can also check out the full list of supporters here.

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