[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 organic producers could choose from to label their food organic. He added that officials advised a single set of rules may help boost consumer confidence in organic products. Productive growth for the primary industries was about getting more from what we do now, not just doing more, Mr Voss noted, making it important that members turned out to the regional meetings and had their say.