Media releases

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 […]