New Zealand imports billions of dollars of food every year. Much of it is unlabelled as to its country of origin.
We believe that New Zealanders have a right to know where their food comes from.
Buying local food:
- helps supports local growers and suppliers;
- helps keep New Zealanders in jobs; and
- supports our economy.
Knowing where food comes from enables you to make informed decisions about the food you purchase and how it was produced.
What we'll do
We will introduce mandatory country of origin labelling of fresh and single ingredient food so that consumers can work out where their food comes from and choose locally produced food.
Recent news about Country of Origin Labelling
The Green Party strongly supports the risk-based approach that underpins this bill, and that basically means recognising that some types of food pose a higher risk than other types of food, and that also the scale of the food production is really 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
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
The Government must follow Australia's example and bring in country of origin labelling for meat products, the Green Party said today. More
I think the reason for this extraordinary situation, where significant farming industries are at war with the ministry and the Government on these issues, is that there is a conflict of interest at the heart of the ministry. More
What we are doing in this bill is creating a system by which consumers in other countries will be able to track back in some detail the history of the foods that are produced for them by New Zealand farmers and growers. I ask when it will be time for New Zealand consumers to have that same right...? More
Sue Kedgley opens the debate on her Animal Welfare (Treatment of Animals) Amendment Bill... More
Food Inc is a powerful and important movie and I wish every New Zealander could see it.
Even though I know quite a lot about food and have written books about it, I found it absorbing and compelling... More