News and views on all things organic from BioGro NZ

February Newsletter!

Some interesting stats have been released this month, with one focusing directly on pesticides in Fruit and Veg here in New Zealand. We're excited to tell you also that tickets are now available for purchase to our one-day conference taking place in May 2020.

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

Please join us in welcoming Luca and Lizzy to the BioGro Team. Luca is undergoing training with the Certification Team and working on an exciting project we hope to disclose in the near future. Lizzy is our Quality Assurance Coordinator, working closely with our documentation to ensure we meet all accreditation requirements.
JAS Training 

We will be hosting JAS training for processors in March, dates to be confirmed. If you are interested in taking part please contact us as soon as possible.
Organic Regenerative Agriculture - Discussing Climate Change
Tickets are now available for our one-day conference on the 8th May 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 - tickets are selling so be sure to get in there quick.
In the news
Pesticide in Fruit and Veg
A recent study carried out by Consumer NZ tested locally grown fruit and vegetables, both organically and conventionally grown for more than 200 pesticides. No pesticide residues were found in any of the certified organic produce. Of the conventional produce, sixteen pesticides were detected, 9 of which are banned in other countries because of their toxicity.
Organic Area Continues to Grow
The latest global data on organic farming worldwide shows promising growth, with over 71.5 million hectares of farmland organic. There has also been a 55% increase in organic farmers from 10 years ago, reaching 2.8 million. 
Organics set to soar
Research across the Tasman shows that organic farming is set to become Australia's fastest growing market over the next five years, expected to rise at 15% per annum reaching AU$3.7 billion by 2024-25.
Genetic Modification Debate
The GMO debate is starting to heat up as Waikato District Council decide whether GMO controls should be introduced into their district plan. BioGro supports innovation, however introducing Genetically Modified Organisms into our soils could create adverse and detrimental consequences. The use of GMO's is strictly prohibited in Organic Certification for good reason.
6 for 6-pack
Less than 1% of Americas farmland is organic. Demand is at an all time high, but cost for conversion creates a barrier for farmers to make this transition. 6 for 6-pack was launched at this years super bowl, with every 6-pack of Michlob organic beer purchased, they will help transition 6 square feet of farmland to organic.
Cuban agricultural revolution
A turn of events out of cuba's control led to their agricultural system down a path that no longer uses fertilisers, pesticides or herbicides - 30 years on, their achievements in food productions are remarkable.
Coronavirus creates demands
The devastating situation in China has led to the Chinese consumer turning to trusted sources for their produce. "New Zealand is a trusted source in a situation which is unfolding like this. Organics creates another layer of trust" say Jane Maclean from Bostock New Zealand. Our thoughts go out to all of those affected by the virus.
Organic Urban Farming
Converting your garden into an organic urban farm isn't impossible, as demonstrated by Karl Freeman based in Taranaki. Karl has turned this initiative into a business, helping other homeowners convert their land with 'Farm Next Door' and has since received funding from a grant that aims to stimulate agriculture in Taranaki.
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. 
For Sale
An organic dairy farm based near Whakatane has just come onto the market boasting 59 hectares of flat fertile land, milking 185 cows. The land has been fully certified since 2012, with a low input, low cost systems and the financial rewards to the owner solid.
If you enjoy drinking wine, we'd encourage you to watch this documentary that captures incredible highs and heartbreaking lows of producing world-class wine in New Zealand. Villa Maria highlight their passion towards sustainability and organic production - the evident increase in life across the organic vineyard block is an environment they feel good to be in, and look to preserve that through the wine making process. What we do today will impact us on tomorrow.
Organic Wine Awards
If Entries are now open for the 2020 NZ Organic Wine Awards - entry form can be found on the website.
Instagram Highlights
To be featured on our instagram news feed, be sure to tag us @biogronz
A warm welcome to our new licensees
6101 - Radix Nutrition Limited - Processor
6043 - Benco Farm 2010 Ltd - Primary Producer
5600 - Apata Group Ltd T/A Apata Grow - Primary Producer
6067 - Ash Ridge Wines Limited - Primary Producer
6073 - Louise Miles - Primary Producer
6075 - Hume Pack-N-Cool Limited - Packhouse
6076 - Red Dog Farming Ltd - Primary Producer
6019 - Whitehaven Wine Company Limited - Processor
6083 - Grovetown Vineyards - Primary Producer
6085 - Spring Creek Family Estate Limited - Primary Producer
6090 - Kiwi Dreams International - Processed  Product
6096 - Astrolabe Wines - Processed Product/Exporter
6098 - Fresh Solutions Group New Zealand - Exporter
6110 - Makers and Providers Ltd - Processed Product
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