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Public perception of fisheries management at odds with international reputation - TNC

New Zealand fisheries’ Quota Management System (QMS) is being presented as an international example by a prominent US-based conservation group. The long established The Nature Conservancy (TNC), one of the world’s largest conservation organisations and a leader in coastal and marine management, last night released an extensive report on the QMS aimed at enhancing the development of fishery management programmes internationally. Seafood New Zealand chief executive Tim ... more

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Fonterra launches plan to improve waterways

Co-operative announces ambitious water commitments; invites Kiwis to visit farms and see what’s being done to promote healthy rivers. Fonterra today launched an ambitious plan to help improve the quality of New Zealand’s waterways. Based around six strategic commitments, the plan will underpin Fonterra’s efforts to promote healthy streams and rivers, including a strong focus on sustainable farming and manufacturing. In parallel, the Co-operative’s ... more

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Commercial fishermen support getting digital monitoring right

Deepwater Group, which represent commercial fishermen in New Zealand’s deep-water fisheries, support the Labour Government’s decision to slow down the implementation of IEMRS (Integrated Electronic Monitoring and Reporting System) to ensure the new measures are effective. The Labour Government has committed to implementing digital reporting and monitoring systems that are cost effective, fit for purpose, and provide real fisheries management benefits. Fisheries Minister ... more

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FSANZ: Call for submissions on genetically modified cotton line

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today called for submissions on an application to permit a cotton line genetically modified to be resistant to two herbicides. FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Mark Booth said the cotton line had been genetically modified to be tolerant to glyphosate and isoxaflutole. “FSANZ has conducted a thorough safety assessment based on best practice principles established by the World Health Organization and has not identified any public health ... more

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Perfect storm brewing for fruit and vegetable supply

A perfect storm is brewing for New Zealand’s supply of healthy fresh fruit and vegetables that could see us unable to feed our growing population with domestically grown produce, a report from Horticulture New Zealand says. In releasing the report, New Zealand domestic vegetable production: the growing story, Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman says it is time to take stock and develop a national food security strategy. "Our research shows that New ... more

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FGC will work with Govt on healthier food choices

The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council welcomes the Government’s interest in food and beverage manufacturing, and looks forward to sharing the success of our members’ reformulation and innovation work, and working constructively to see what more can be done to help Kiwis make healthier choices, says Chief Executive Katherine Rich. “Our member companies are responsive to New Zealand consumers, and the No 1 consumer trend over the past five years has been for food and ... more

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Industry backing for policy on housing’s threat to food

The NZ Food & Grocery Council backs the call from Horticulture NZ for a national food security policy focused on the threat to food production from urban sprawl. Chief Executive Katherine Rich says concerns raised by Horticulture NZ at the effect urban development is having on prized horticulture land, particularly land that used to grow local vegetables, are well founded. “Horticulture NZ says we have lost about 10,000 hectares of horticulture land to housing in just 15 years ... more

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FSANZ: Call for submissions on method of analysis for resistant starch

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has called for submissions on an application to include a method of analysis for resistant starch as a fibre in the Food Standards Code (the Code). Resistant starch, which is dietary fibre as defined in the Code, is naturally present in starchy foods including cereals, corn, legumes, fruits and vegetables and resists digestion when consumed by healthy individuals. FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Mark Booth said, “The proposed ... more

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New Consultation: Proposed operational code for processing bee products

MPI is seeking feedback on the proposed Operational Code Processing of Bee products by Friday 17 November 2017. It's been developed to help secondary processors of edible bee products comply with the requirements of the Animal Products Act 1999. It's been developed mainly for processors operating a risk management programme (RMP). The documents for review and a submissions template are now available on the MPI website: ... more

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Demand for Kidscan Food in-School programme doubles in five years

In 2005 when KidsCan started it was providing food and clothing items to 40 low decile schools, this year it’s helping 675 schools. KidsCan CEO Julie Chapman says the charity now feeds nearly 30,000 children a week in 16 regions across New Zealand, which works out (on average) to 21 percent of the KidsCan schools’ roll. That’s up from just 11% five years ago. “The increase in the need for food support is significant. If this continues, in another five years ... more

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