Webinar on the draft National Organic Standard – Tuesday 30 May, 7pm to 8pm

Join our webinar next Tuesday 30 May, 7pm – 8pm, to discuss the important draft proposal of the National Organic Standard (NOS). The webinar is free, so please invite anyone you think would be interested.

The deadline for submissions to MPI on the draft NOS has been extended to Friday 16 June. These are the future rules that organic farmers, growers, processors and retailers will be held to. We’re keen to gather views of organic consumers for Soil & Health’s submission. The purpose of the Organic Products and Production Act 2023 is to increase consumer confidence in purchasing organic products – so how do we think the proposed rules look?

Join the webinar to discuss and share feedback on the draft NOS at the link below


Here is the current draft proposal and other information: https://mpi.govt.nz/…/proposals-for-the-national…/

Soil & Health’s initial take on the draft standards document:

  • The organic principles section still needs a lot of work.  It is important that this section is rewritten within the framework of Te Tiriti o Waitangi using the IFOAM principles of Health, Ecology, Fairness and Care to ensure international coherence.  This needs to be done in partnership with iwi.
  • It lacks a glossary of terms, which it needs for clarity.
  • There are still gaps, inconsistencies and inaccuracies. 
  • More work needs to be done on it and shared with the public (especially what’s in the supplementary notices).
  • We need to make a proper international comparison of our organic standard with those from our key trading partners.
  • We believe that it is not equivalent to EU organic regulations in allowing container growing of perennials for their whole life cycle (e.g. container blueberry farms).
  • Seed treated with prohibited chemicals should not be allowed under our organic standard. 
  • The shortening of livestock conversion times in this draft is concerning.
  • It should be made clear that processed organic products cannot contain GMOs.

Please get in touch at if any issues with the Zoom link before Tuesday evening. See you all there!

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