Thanks to the Sunday Star-Times for getting the www.nzfoodsecurity.org site out there – even if they attributed quotes to us we never said, and said we did things we never did, and got our name wrong in a story that presented as being sourced from us but was not. All of this, when they had an email from us offering to assist them in their accurate research. Good work, boys!
Inaccuracies aside, this story was published on September 11, 2011. Thus the broader picture of public outrage about the Food Bill was buried under Rugby World Cup and 9/11 stories. Coincidence? Guess we’ll see.
So, do you still feel you can trust the mainstream media on important issues like your food supply? No? Spread word about this site through your networks, by Sharing on social media, emailing the link, handing out printouts and via community radio. KIA ORA.
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>The original, which may have changed, first appeared here http://www.stuff.co.nz/sunday-star-times/business/5596383/Food-safety-backlash-stuns-government
Food safety backlash stuns government
Politicians and government officials appear to have been blindsided by a backlash to new food safety laws, with nearly 4000 people signing a petition demanding change.
The petition argues that the sharing of food is a basic human right.
“The Food Bill … will seriously impede initiatives like community gardens, food co-ops, heritage seed banks, farmers markets, bake sales, and roadside fruit and vegetable stalls,” say the organisers of the petition, nzfoodsecurity.org.
[note from http://www.nzfoodsecurity.org – we never said this, nor have we organised any petition. We don’t support petitions/ begging letters to parliament, rather remedies in law via Orders given by hapu under tino rangatiratanga. For what it’s worth, the writer may have been referring to this, which has nothing to do with us: http://www.petitiononline.co.nz/petition/oppose-the-new-zealand-government-food-bill-160-2/1301]
Opponents of the law claim free trade agreement negotiations and the long arm of multinational genetically modified seed giant Monsanto are among the drivers of the new law. They also cite changes to US food laws that have seen armed raids conducted against organic food producers and distributors.
However, Green MP Sue Kedgley and Minister for Food Safety Kate Wilkinson have said the bill has inadvertently captured activities it should not have and they are open to make amendments.
Kedgley told the Sunday Star-Times she would support an amendment to the law similar to one passed in the US to exempt small food-producing businesses.
Wilkinson has also signalled that she is seeking advice on amendments to ensure seed banks and an employment system used by organic food producers, Willing Workers on Organic Farms (Wwoofers), are not disrupted.
“It is certainly not my intention to impose food safety regulatory requirements on those hosting Wwoofers or those who provide food to boarders or guests in exchange for money, work or assistance,” she wrote to Kedgley last month.
Kedgley has criticised the people who are now opposing the bill for not making their voices heard before.
“These concerns, unfortunately, were never raised during the submission stage of the bill, when they can be examined in depth. Nor were any submissions sent in from any food groups raising these concerns,” she wrote on the Green Party’s Frogblog last month.
Foodsecurity.org [sic] responded describing her response as a “sanctimonious treatment of NZers who are too tired to be eternally vigilant”.
[Continues… for the full story see here – http://www.stuff.co.nz/sunday-star-times/business/5596383/Food-safety-backlash-stuns-government]
– Sunday Star Times