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News and views on all things organic from BioGro NZ

July Newsletter!


As Parliament proposals are being released in the lead up to the 2020 elections, it's promising to see a focus on environmental issues with regenerative and organic production being put forward as a solution. Organic dairy farmers are also on the cusp of a new payout record right here in New Zealand, read on for full details.

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 robyn@biogro.co.nz to discuss. We're always happy to shout from the rooftops and celebrate on your behalf.

Until next time! 
Happenings at BioGro
Defining Organic

BioGro were approached by Ignite Consultants earlier this year with a desire to help us on a challenge that would be appropriate for their team to tackle head on in the midst of Covid-19 lockdown. We felt it would be great to get some external perspective on how well the term 'organic' is understood -  find all details of this project alongside the outcomes and deliverables.
BioGro Portal

BioGro will be making an exciting announcement on Monday 3rd August regarding the BioGro Portal. It's extremely important that all licensees read this notification - be sure to keep an eye on your inbox, we can't wait to show you what we've been working on!
BioGro Timewarp

A healthy work/life balance is imperative, and one that BioGro believes is key to maintaining loyal and productive employees. You've all heard of the four-day working week but have you heard of the time-warp? BioGro implemented this quiet revolution two years ago, and is one that continues to thrive.
Environmental Claims

The Commerce Commission released their Environmental Claims Guidelines this month and are available to view on their website.
In the news
Milk payout record
Organic dairy farmers are on the cusp of setting a new payout record that goes into double digits right here in New Zealand. Fonterra's organic business like many others have evaded any negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic as increased demand for organic products are driven by consumers focus on health and wellness.
Organic Tufty Calves
Organic Farmer Tim Gow has been following these practices for over 30 years. With help from his late uncle, a geneticist from South Australia, Gow has managed to breed out the horns - describing this rare breed as 'hardy, hairy and happy'.
Steiner School
Nelson has been given the thumbs up for state funding towards New Zealand's ninth Steiner School based in Motueka. The new school campus will sit on 13.6 hectares as a Biodynamic farm accompanied by eco-friendly features including organic gardens.
Organic comparative study
A 40-year side-by-side comparison found that organic systems are not only comparable to conventional systems in terms of yields, but can yield up to 40% higher in years of inclement weather like drought. Organic systems also use 45% less energy, reducing carbon emissions.
Pandemic trends
For 74% of organic buyers in Aotearoa, one of the main reasons they purchase organic food and beverages is due to the health benefits for them and their families. It's no surprise that this trend is soaring upwards since Covid-19 as consumers seek out natural and organic products.
Bayer Settlement
The recent Bayer settlement announcement came as a 'slap in the face' for those who have suffered - Bayer admitted no guilt, they will continue to sell the product and refused to label it as carcinogenic. The result? People will continue to be at risk of getting cancer from this product.
Organic Support
There is some hesitation and stigma around organic production, with one of the biggest barriers being the perception that switching to organic is too hard. There are incredible organic networks no matter what you are producing - be sure to contact us if you're looking to make the switch but you're not sure where to start.
 
ori Party Climate Policy
$300million will be invested to transition Māori farmers away from current agricultural practices towards regenerative. Synthetic nitrogen fertiliser on all farms would be phased out by 2025.
Vineyard Fungal Disease
VinePair spoke with multiple Bordeaux producers and viticultural scientists with knowledge of potential innovations for how organic producers are coping with the new copper limitations when tackling downy mildew.
Organic Events
As we move down the Alert Levels, we're excited to see the prospect of much anticipated events going ahead as planned. If you are aware of any events happening across Aotearoa please email robyn@biogro.co.nz with the details. 
Organic Regenerative Agriculture - Discussing Climate Change

Sharing knowledge is caring for a better tomorrow - BioGro are pleased to remind you of a one-day conference we are hosting on the 4th September 2020, as an opening event to kick off Organic Week Aotearoa. We aim to share knowledge, information, experiences and skills with an array of expert speakers. 

 
Organic Week Aotearoa

Organic Week have officially announced that this will be going ahead from 5th - 13th September. Be sure to sign up to the mailing list and follow their social media channels to find out how you can get involved. They have recently launched their handy Digital Toolkit to help get you started, which is available to download on the website.
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 robyn@biogro.co.nz with the details. 
Organic Wine Awards 2020
Celebrating the best of Organic Wine made right here in New Zealand. The Organic Wine Awards 2020 have been announced - we are so privileged to be spoiled with so many incredible organic wines available to us. A big congratulations to all the winners.
 
Biosecurity during calving
The Mycoplasma Bovis Programme Partners are encouraging dairy farmers and calf rearers to make biosecurity a top priority during calving this spring.
 
Go Green Expo
This annual event is back in Christchurch, running across the 8th & 9th August 2020. You can get free tickets to this event until the end of July so be sure to get yours today.



 
Futurepost Sale
Futurepost are holding a sale with special pricing on their posts until 31st august 2020 or until stocks last. 




 
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