Mark and Catriona White dreams were realised after they decided 12 years ago to grow organic kiwifruit.
A small organic farm in South Auckland has become the first NZ recipient of DeLaval’s new robotic milking system, the VMSTM V300.
The potential for organics in New Zealand is being viewed as huge because of dairy farmer competence and excellent growing and market conditions.
Primary sectors need not create new standards for animal welfare, grass-fed, GMO and biodiversity because these are already part of existing organic standards, says Brendan Hoare.
Exports of organic products from New Zealand are now worth $335 million annually – 42% more than three years ago.
Dairy farmers running pasture-based systems on the coast of California have adapted their practice to produce organic milk.
Organics Aotearoa (OANZ) chairman Doug Voss is urging members to support a proposal for a national organic standard.