Organic farming in New Zealand
Lincoln University, which has a strong focus on agricultural research, operates the Biological Husbandry Unit which first opened in 1976 and now focuses organic and sustainable agriculture. The University also operates the 57 hectare Kowhai Farm that is managed to BIO-GRO Organic Production Standards
Land use patterns show in 2002 there were 46,886 hectares of land certified as either fully organic or in transition to becoming fully organic.
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While all commercial producers in New Zealand are subject to requirements under the Fair Trading Act, which covers misleading behaviour, there is no specific piece of legislation regulating organic certification in New Zealand but a number of standards are used including Demeter International, IFOAM and BioGro. BioGro is a New Zealand-based certification agency which formed in 1983. It has IFOAM, JAS and ISO17020 accreditation, which ensures certified providers access to educated consumers in a global marketplace. The first Demeter International registered farm was Shelly Beach Farm in Rodney District in 1983
The Soil & Health Association of New Zealand established in 1941, promotes organic food and farming in New Zealand.
Organics Aotearoa New Zealand formed in 2005 as an umbrella organisation to represent all aspects of organics in New Zealand.
- Lincoln University - Biological Husbandry Unit
- Statistics NZ
- IFOAM - Organic Directory Online New Zealand
- NZ Dementer certificate #001 (work:certificate), New Zealand: Dementer International, 1983
- "Formation of 'Organics Aotearoa New Zealand'" (Press release). Scoop. 27 June 2005. Retrieved 2 August 2010.
- WWOOF New Zealand