7 Apr 2016

NZ Hungry for organics, lack of certification hard to swallow

From Nine To Noon, 9:32 am on 7 April 2016
Organic fruit

Are you hungry for organic food but find some of the labeling hard to digest?

If you do, then you're not alone.

Latest research into New Zealand's organic sector reports  an 11 percent growth rate year on year since 2012 -  driven by both domestic and overseas demand.

But with no regulation to protect certified organic products most discerning shoppers can't even name a brand they consider sustainable.

According to the national umbrella organisation that 's got to change, especially when a $217 million domestic market, and growing, is at stake.

Brendan Hoare is the CEO of Organics Aotearoa New Zealand.

He talks to Nine to Noon from Parliament where he is about to detail the 2016 New Zealand Organic Market Report as part of the sector's biennial review.