News and views on all things organic from BioGro NZ

Welcome to our July Newsletter!

Just like that, winter is almost at a close and we're wondering where those past 8 months have gone. It's been an exciting year for the organic sector so far with Organic Regulation at our fingertips - and we're looking forward to seeing what the remaining few months will bring.

See below for all the latest, and if you're launching a new product, kicking off a community event or just want to share your story, please get in touch with to discuss. We're always happy to shout from the rooftops and celebrate on your behalf.

Until next time! 
Happenings at BioGro
USDA Organic Enforcement

Due to an Enforcement Action Plan issued by the USDA, there has been an update to their import oversight policies. BioGro recognises Policy Memo 18-1 (Impact of Fumigation and Irradiation Requirements on Organic Imports) as an important update for those importing organic products into the US.
Congratulations Wendy!

After almost 2 years working as a Certification Officer here at BioGro, Wendy has recently been granted MPI recognition as an Auditor. Lots of hard work goes on behind the scenes to enable organic certification to take place, and it's great to see such motivated individuals to ensure this happens.
Organic Week NZ returns!

Due to the success of Organic Week 2018, Organic Week NZ will be back next year and the team are already calling out for you to mark the dates in your diary. The week will be celebrated from Monday 29th April - Sunday 5th May. With almost 60 events and promotions across 11 regions this year, we're hoping 2019 will be even bigger and better. If you would like to find out more, please contact the Organic Week Team for more information.
In the news
National Organic Regulation Summary of Submissions
There has been a positive outcome on the first phase of submission for the proposed National Organic Regulation in New Zealand. 85% supported a change with consumer confidence and supporting trade being a key driver. A full summary can be found on the MPI website, delving into many discussion points that were mentioned at many of the group discussions that took place across May.
NZ urged to drop Roundup
A landmark court case has found chemical company liable for a terminally ill man's cancer in the US, and now New Zealand is being urged to drop the use of Roundup. Organic farming expert explains why farmers should be finding better solutions, as organic production does not rely on synthetic chemicals.
Don't forget New Zealand's first ever Organic Wine Week is coming throughout 17th-23rd September with thanks to Organic Winegrowers NZ. They are collaborating with the finest restaurants and retailers to craft an engaging week of events for you to enjoy, celebrating the New Zealand organic wines available to you. Details can be found on the organic winegrowers website for all upcoming events throughout the celebration - there's heaps to look forward to.
Not all milks are created equal
It's fair to observe that there is an extensive range of milk available to you at the supermarket, but its even fairer to say that "not all milks are created equal". Organic milk is becoming more readily available, which is great for those looking for choices when they shop.
Country Calendar
Its great to see so many organic farms showcased on Country Calendar recently - if you missed the latest you can catch up on TVNZ on demand. Most recently, Bostock New Zealand and Ata Rangi vineyard delighted our screens.
In the community
There are heaps of super interesting community events and stories happening throughout the country. If you've got anything you would like to share, please email with the details. 

An insightful and picturesque video has been put together from a handful of winemakers based in Central Otago who are inspired and passionate about expressing unique characteristics of their location through their wines and the importance of organics. Be sure to give it a watch, the scenery alone is captivating as ever.

A warm welcome to our new licensees
5572 - Dry River Wines - Primary Producer
5909 - Charlton Orchard - Primary Producer
4975 - Erickson Fencing Ltd - Primary Producer
5913 - Hanmer River Winery - Primary Producer

5914 - Go Native New Zealand - Primary Producer
5915 - Greystone Wines Ltd - Primary Producer
5918 - NZ Wine Services Limited T/A Wine Brokers New Zealand - Exporter
- Otama Marere Trust - Primary Producer
5578 - Sumitomo Chemical Australia PTY Limited - Input
- Fertoz Agriculture Pty Ltd - Input
- BG Growers - Primary Producer
5930 - Rage Against Chemicals Ltd - Health and Body Care

 Organic & More

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