Emerging Markets

National organic standard consultation underway

[15 May/Rural News] Organics Aotearoa Chairman, Doug Voss, urged members and the organic community at large to participate consultation process launched by the Ministry of Primary Industries to support a proposal for a national organic standard. Agriculture and Food Safety Minister, Damien O’Connor, said in New Zealand there was a range of voluntary standards that...

The homegrown ‘My Food Bag’ version for our pets says it can hold out against Amazon’s effect

[6 May/Stuff] Amazon has recently joined the multi-billion dollar pet food industry by creating its own line of kibble. Kiwi pet food subscription company Feed My Fur Baby Founder, Ben Rennell, said New Zealand consumers were different from American retailers in that they valued home grown products and quality. Mr Rennell added it would take...

Eel could be back in the menu as ‘clean’ meat

[26 April/NZ Farmer] Mahurangi Technical Institute Founder, Paul Decker, said cellular agriculture is an exciting technology that is worth pursuing. The technology sees animal meat able to be grown in fermentation tanks rather than raising animals for slaughter. A single gram of cells taken from a live animal can be grown to produce 10,000 kilograms...

Thousands register interest in medical cannabis venture share offer

[27 April/NZ Herald] Thousands of people have registered an interest in a share offer to raise up to $2 million for a medical cannabis venture, Waipu Investments. Waipu Investments is a vehicle created by Hikurangi Enterprises for ventures in natural health products. Subject to a medical cannabis licence being granted, the funds would be invested...