MP talks agriculture in Western Bay

Green Party spokesperson for agriculture, biosecurity, organics and genetic engineering Steffan Browning says New Zealand needs reasonable biological farming targets and food labelling.

Steffan made the comment while visiting a range of agricultural and horticultural businesses in the Coromandel Electorate during the weekend.


Agrisea NZ marketing manager Tane Bradley with Green Party spokesperson for agriculture, biosecurity, organics and genetic engineering Steffan Browning at Paeroa.

In a busy 24 hours, Steffan took a tour of King’s Seeds and an organic kiwifruit orchard in Katikati, and visited Agrisea NZ in Paeroa before two public meetings.

On Saturday morning he also took a walk through the Athenree Wetlands Project with volunteers who have led the important conservation project.

“Our 100 per cent Pure brand is not just good marketing; it should be a legitimate goal,” says Steffan.

“I want New Zealand to join other progressive countries in having reasonable biological farming targets, and food labelling – especially for GE foods – should be mandatory.

“Currently, trade considerations seem to over-ride food safety,” says Steffan.

Stefan’s first-hand experience in his own flourishing organics business, many decades’ involvement in the GE Free movement, Safe Food Campaign, the Soil and Health Association of New Zealand, the Pesticide Action Network made for "intense and rewarding" conversations with people during his visit.


Athenree Wetlands Project volunteer leader Brian Hepenstall with Green Party spokesperson for agriculture, biosecurity, organics and genetic engineering Steffan Browning.


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