News and views on all things organic from BioGro NZ

Welcome to our July Newsletter!

Heat up a nice warm brew and settle in to this months newsletter. We issued an important notification this month, so please pay attention to this if you missed it. New Zealand's first export of organic onions have made it to Europe, and soon we'll be able to trace all eggs right back to the farm. 

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
Canadian Organic Standards under review

We received a notification this month to inform us that the Canadian Organic Standard (COS) are under public review. Farmers, processors, consumers and others are invited to comment, and have until Monday 30th September to respond. 
Staff Anniversaries

We're half way through 2019 and we were pleased to celebrate another round of staff anniversaries this month. Join us to celebrate and thank the team for their consistent hard work, bringing you a seamless certification process - Janelle & Dirk (2 years), Robert (3 years) and Lakshmi (12 years).
Welcome Nicole

We're pleased to announce another fresh face to the certification team - Nicole Atkinson grew up on an organic farm influenced by her passionate parents Heather and Ian who are extremely well known in the sector. Nicole will have a focus on livestock, and will eventually progress into an auditor role. 
Horticulture Conference
BioGro are proud to sponsor and exhibit at this years Horticulture Conference, taking place from 31st July - 2nd August in Hamilton. Be sure to come and introduce yourselves if you are also attending, and contact us if you'd like to organise a meeting.
VIVANESS 2020 - NATRUE Village
NATRUE would like to offer its Members and Label Users the possibility to exhibit collectively at the major international trade fair VIVANESS, taking place from 12-15th February 2020 in Nuremberg. If you are interested in this opportunity, be sure to contact the organisers.
In the news
Organic onions reach Europe
New Zealand's first export of organic onions have arrived in Europe, as BOSTOCK New Zealand moves to meet the growing demand for one of the world's most popular vegetables. 
Organic Farming - when less is better
Is it possible for large scale dairy farming to make just as much profit as a normal farm, but with fewer cows and a smaller environmental footprint? Pāmu decided to convert three years ago, and disclose what they have learnt over the past few years.
Traceable Eggs
Soon, most New Zealand eggs will be stamped with a number that lets people trace the eggs they have purchased right back to the farm. One thing to remember - If you are purchasing certified organic eggs, you can already be certain that the egg is genuinely organic and free-range.
The argument for organics
Three siblings going through organic dairy conversion voice their argument for organics. They discuss all questions a farmers will ask when contemplating the change - including profitability, productivity, longevity and cost. 
Compostable packaging trials
The 'war on plastic' leads to supermarket operator Foodstuffs to start testing a range of compostable bags, films and containers in selected stores. The overall aim is to reduce the amount of plastic used in fruits and vegetable packaging.
Over a quarter of a century of experience
BioGro CEO, and deputy chair of the Organic Exporters Association of New Zealand, shares lessons he has learned from over 25 years in the export business.
Costco an opportunity
Robyn O'Brien of rePlant Capital recognises "that there would be mixed feelings about a large US retailer coming into New Zealand. But it's the largest organic distributor in the US and I think it does present an enormous opportunity". This could be a platform for kiwi organic farmers to take the US by storm.
Funding boost for recycling schemes
The government have just announced $40 million funding for recycling schemes and are seeking investment-ready proposals. The funding is set to be used on projects that convert waste - including plastic waste - into materials and products useful to businesses and consumers. 
Sustainable Coastlines
Refusing to give up on protecting the environment, the founder of Sustainable Coastlines, Sam Judd, answers thought provoking questions surrounding our waterways and the wider environmental issues we face. So far, they have removed 1,448,597 litres of rubbish from coastlines with 90,000 volunteers.
Ruud Kleinpaste - 'The bug man'
Ruud was an instrumental speaker at the organic and biodynamic wine conference back in June, providing some disturbing facts on the depletion of much needed insects. Here's what you need to know about biodynamic wine from the bug man himself.
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. 
Call for World Board Members
IFOAM - organics international are calling for World Board Members to contribute to their strategic decision making and asking for those interested to make a submission for candidacy. The deadline for submission is April, 30th 2020 - find out more.
Plastic Free July
Be part of the solution. This is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to the plastic pollution - so we have cleaner streets, oceans and beautiful communities. Read all about it on the website. It was fantastic to see so many changes take place in New Zealand this month to help combat this problem. We'd love to know what you got up to this month?
A warm welcome to our new licensees
6013 - Belmar 2014 Limited - Primary Producer
6036 - Hunters Garden Limited - Primary Producer
6040 - Sensient Technologies Australia Pty Ltd - Processing
6054 - Deep Down Ltd - Processed Product and Exporter


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