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Recent news about Agriculture
An international dairy report has shown Fonterra is adding little value to its dairy exports compared to European and Chinese dairy companies, exposing the weakness of the National Government's volume-led dairy strategy, the Green Party said today.
Fonterra's cut to the dairy pay-out today shows National needs new ideas for the economy other than reliance on increasing commodity dairy production, which pollutes our waterways more and threatens New Zealand's clean, green brand, the Green Party said today. More
Falling dairy prices are highlighting the danger of National's economic strategy that focuses on the export of a few, simple commodities, the Green Party said today. More
The Green Party believes New Zealanders identify with our wild places. They identify with our natural landscapes. They are the basis of our *" "100% Pure New Zealand" brand, which allows us to sell our food, fibre, and primary products overseas and which draws tourists to this country. More
Does he stand by his statement that "the Government needs to take a broader perspective than just Fish and Game's advocacy for their recreational fishing"? More
Russel's speech on smart farming to the Federated Farmers Annual Conference, 3 July 2014 in Palmerston North. More
There have been some major changes to the bill, particularly in the last couple of years from where it started effectively 11 years ago. We have followed its history. I personally have followed it since way back when it was first mooted in the New Zealand Food Safety Authority. More
Eugenie Sage points out that the National Government has been profligate in its borrowing, and it is burdening present and future generations with the cost of repaying that debt. That debt means that we have $1 billion in interest costs every year, and that is $1 billion that we cannot spend on health, education, or the environment, like conservation. More
Of course, when the bill first came there were some parts in it that looked particularly Draconian and that seriously concerned a lot of people. A lot of small producers thought they would automatically be going out of business when this bill was More
This bill goes a long way, and it has been mentioned about the new part in the purpose clause, inserted into clause 4, which is that the legislation will help "maintain confidence in New Zealand's food safety regime". More
When the independent scientists in the world come out—Seralini, Judy Carman, even our Professor Jack Heinemann in Christchurch—they get criticised, snap, like that, all around the world. Why? More
There are people whom I know—farmers market producers and the like—who will be selling in one part of a district, of a region, and they will be operating under one local territorial authority, one council, then the next day, or even later the same day, More
Absolutely all genetically engineered food in New Zealand is imported. We do not grow any—and it is a very good position. More
We have had some significant changes, one of them was that genetic modification, which had been removed from the bill the first time round, has now been reinstated as a food safety issue. Food Safety is now the overriding principal of the Bill. More
We are very pleased that the select committee has listened to these concerns, and the Minister as well, and has come back with a bill that seems to strike the right balance between ensuring food safety, protecting our international reputation, but not being unduly restrictive on local food producers. Thank you. More