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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.

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Sunday Star-Times

Food safety backlash stuns government


Last updated 05:00 11/09/2011

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,

[note from – 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:]

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. [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 –]

– Sunday Star Times

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  1. daniel.fairhaven permalink

    Anonymous has seen this an is watching the progress of this bill carefully.

    “…we are Legion, we do not Forgive, we do not Forget. Expect Us.”

  2. “ [sic] responded describing her response as a “sanctimonious treatment of NZers who are too tired to be eternally vigilant”.

    Kedgley should therefore ask herself the question: Why should New Zealanders need to be eternally vigilant if their representatives, such as herself, are properly doing their job?

  3. Ishtar permalink

    I and my family oppose this bill !!! What need is there to bring in laws around what should be free to all to be able to grow organically and make a small business out of it! How dare these mega corporations try to use their strong arms in high places to force these rules in for their economic benefit! Wake up people and stand up and stop this ludicrous law ! If you don’t soon you will have more coming in and we will be living in a prison planet and our Children’s children will blame our apathy!!! We vote Governments in, to look out for the public not the corporates ! Get rid of this Bill New Zealanders deserve to be independent and have the right to use seeds as nature intended!

  4. Neil permalink

    From what I have understood from the bill is that it is intending to regulate the food industry better. Asking for clarity of where food was sourced, charitable events, sauages sizzles not effected unless they provide more than 20 events a year, which I think is reasonable. I’ve read nothing that mentions any sort of control or decsription that includes seeds! Could someone provide me with an offical link that states this control of seed & water?

    • Kia ora, Neil. The controls on seeds are confirmed here by Kate Wilkinson, whose name heads the bill:

      She says seeds were not intended to be captured, but she didn’t write the bill, so how would she know? Well, she’s probably finding out she’s wrong about this right now. She has said she will make amendments so the bill does no include seeds for growing, but she has not made these amendments yet. Why?

      If she had tabled amendments already, they would show up in a search for supplementary order papers (amendments) with keywords “Food Bill” here:

      Regarding water, the bill controls “anything that can be eaten”, which, because this is legalese, also means anything that can be drunk as in “any ingredient or nutrient or other constituent of any food or drink” at 8 Meaning of Food, see

      If you think this is far-fetched for including water, download the whole bill and run a search in it for water. You’ll find specific instances of water being mentioned that can only mean it has been defined as food. Download PDF available at

      Finally, when you read the bill, read between the lines. Because it is legalese, it is more important what is NOT being said or mentioned than what is. By looking at what the bill includes, you can work out what it excludes, and vice versa. And you will find that for the most part it occludes. Please, step through the looking glass, and down the rabbit hole.

      PS the propaganda about sausage sizzles is included as pap to pander to local newspaper community charity self-righteousness. Fact is, weekly supper clubs will be out. Unenforceable, mind. But shutting down seed sharing networks is easily enforceable. In NZ you could count them on two hands. No good seeds = no good food. Seeds networks need to share seeds now, subtly, and those who receive them need to go underground, now, in order to preserve those seed lines. Seeds are the grail for this bill. Just watch!

  5. A magazine called NZ investor ran a very important feature on the bill written by Simon Hendery back in October 2011.

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