5, 2003: New Zealand’s environmental campaigners
have hailed the launch of an organic standard as a victory for the
country’s organic food industry.
The new standard for organics lays out a standard which producers
can use as a benchmark and consumers can recognize as providing
products of a certain quality, said Agriculture Minister Jim Sutton.
The organic sector is now intent on implementing the Strategy and
has put in place an establishment board that has that responsibility,
Sutton said at the launch of the standard.
Green Party MP Ian Ewen-Street said the establishment of national
standards for organic produce certification has now put in place
the necessary requirements to protect the rapidly expanding organics
sector in New Zealand.
"The organics industry now turns over NZ$140m (US$86.1m) per
year and has been growing at a rate of over 10% each year for the
export sector and an almost unbelievable 100% for the domestic sector,"
said Ewen-Street. "The Greens and the organics industry have
pushed very hard for the establishment of national organic standards,
so it's pleasing to see this huge boost for the industry come to
New Zealand’s environmental campaigners have hailed the launch
of an organic standard as a victory for the country’s organic