18th mayo 2024 7:04 pm

18th mayo 2024 7:04 pm

Protecting organic integrity following EU legislation: The point on the horizon

Over four decades, thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of voluntary hours have been committed to establishing a solid foundation for organics in New Zealand. Brendan Hoare recounts the journey, the challenges, and the lessons learnt in the creation of the Organic Products and Production Act 2023.

The Organic Products and Production Bill became law on 5 April 2023. It has not been implemented yet; currently there are four supporting regulations under development. It is expected to get this implemented by 2025. Once finalised, there will be a 3-year period for people to move into the new system before it becomes mandatory.
It is the most profound change to the organic sector in New Zealand to date and will shape our progress for decades to come.

The passing of the Organic Products and Production Act 2023 (Organic Act) has been a ten-year expedition of multiple trials, tribulations, twists, and turns that tested the motivations and determination of all involved.

Since the 1980s, the organic sector has sought a government policy to protect and grow organic. In 1999, we published (Organic NZ Nov/Dec 99) our preferred future that required …government regulation standards, for both domestic and export markets, and support policy that safeguarded organic e.g. spray drift legislation.

Organics Aotearoa New Zealand (OANZ) was created in 2006 as a united force representing the organic sector. OANZ’s purpose is to ‘grow and develop organic’ and they identified regulation and national standards were essential to do this. But by 2012, OANZ’s initial funding had run out and the organisation had nearly collapsed.

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