The Green Party says a strong, healthy and diverse agricultural sector is essential to an economically viable and environmentally sustainable New Zealand.
Much of the party's policy is Green boilerplate with encouraging the licensed cultivation of industrial hemp in economically depressed rural areas the most novel.
The party says its Agriculture and Rural Affairs policy is about future-proofing the economy by protecting the environment.
The Green's focus is on reducing New Zealand's agricultural dependency on oil, agri-chemicals, and imported feedstock, protecting soils and water quality.
The party is adamant that New Zealand must live up to its reputation as "Clean and Green" and an exporter of high-quality products to maintain its export reputation, And it wants the environment to be kept GE free.
Specifically, the party strongly supports mandatory country of origin labelling for all single-ingredient imported agricultural products.
It wants "food miles" to be addressed by supporting farmers to reduce emissions during production and by educating overseas consumers to shift the debate from "food miles" to "ecological footprints" and it wants more research, education and support to enable a transition away from industrialised, fossil fuel supported agriculture.
Growing the Organic Sector
- NZ Herald