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UPDATED: New technology blurring line on GE crops – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on May 18th, 2016.

Genetically engineered crops are safe, but new regulations are needed as the definition of GE organisms becomes blurred, say US academies. An extensive study by the US-based National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has analysed the costs and benefits of genetically modified crops, drawing on almost 30 years of research. The key findings of the […]

Berries and Hepatitis A – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on December 3rd, 2015.

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Director General has issued a statement warning of a potential Hepatitis A risk associated with imported frozen berries. UPDATE: MPI has now directed company FSL Foods to recall their Fruzio Mixed Berries sold in 1kg and 500 gram bags. The warning comes following 4 human cases of Hepatitis A thought […]

Microbes influence wine flavours – NZ research

John Kerr posted in on September 28th, 2015.

Why do wines taste different? A new New Zealand study shows that a wine’s terroir – the unique combination of tastes and aromas – is in part dependent on the microbes hanging about the winery. Researchers from the University of Auckland and Plant & Food Research confirmed for the first time that – as long […]

Fruit fly incursion – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on February 24th, 2015.

Containment at early stages is critical, say experts commenting on the detection of Queensland fruit flies in Auckland. The flies, which pose a threat to export fruit and vegetable markets, were first detected in a surveillance trap last week. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has put in place a restriction zone, limiting the movement […]

Fruit fly find prompts Auckland lockdown

John Kerr posted in on February 19th, 2015.

The discovery of solitary male Queensland fruit fly in the Grey Lynn area of Auckland has biosecurity authorities on high alert and prompted a lockdown on the movement of fruit and vegetables in the area. The fly was found in a Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) surveillance trap on Monday night and 1.5 kilometer control […]

Organic food – is it better for you? Experts respond

Dacia Herbulock posted in on July 14th, 2014.

In contrast to earlier research, a new study has found that organic crops may have measurable health benefits: they appear to be higher in antioxidants and lower in toxic metals than their conventional counterparts.   The new meta-analysis, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, compiled and crunched results from 343 earlier studies. It claims that organic crops and crop-based foods are up to […]

In the news: Climate change impact on vineyards

John Kerr posted in on April 10th, 2013.

Climate change may have a silver lining for grape growers in New Zealand, according to a new global study. The research, published in PNAS this week, found that the area of land suitable for growing grapes would change substantially around the world under predicted climate shifts in the next four decades.  According to the authors, […]

Ag & Hort conference covers range of issues

John Kerr posted in on July 22nd, 2011.

At the Agricultural and Horticultural Outlook summit in Wellington this week, politicians and scientists explored the coming challenges faced by the farming sector. Radio New Zealand has been reporting back from the gathering, where high profile individuals have raised important questions for the future of agriculture and horticulture in New Zealand. From Radio New Zealand: […]

Dom Post: ‘Greenwash’ threat to NZ trade

Peter Griffin posted in on June 2nd, 2010.

Jon Morgan writes in the Dominion Post about an agricultural/horticultural convention at which the risks to New Zealand’s lowering of trade barriers from international “greenwash” efforts were discussed. Farmers, particularly in the US and Europe, are being given “greenwash” subsidies, undermining New Zealand’s ability to be competitive.  However, the conference also covered ways for New […]

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