Know your cer­ti­fi­ca­tions

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Deme­ter is a world­wide bio­dy­namic cer­ti­fi­ca­tion scheme sup­ported by the Bio Dy­namic Farm­ing and Agri­cul­ture As­so­ci­a­tion of New Zealand. The ob­jects of the As­so­ci­a­tion are to main­tain the bio­dy­namic ap­proach to agri­cul­ture, hor­ti­cul­ture, forestry and an­i­mal hus­bandry ini­ti­ated by Ru­dolf Steiner in 1924. See our story on bio­dy­nam­ics on page 11. bio­dy­­ter


The Biogrow stamp is the mark of a New Zealand or­ganic cer­ti­fi­ca­tion body. In ex­is­tence since 1983, Biogrow cer­ti­fied pro­duc­ers must un­dergo a rig­or­ous cer­ti­fi­ca­tion process. Biogro New Zealand and its reg­is­tered trade­mark are owned by the not-for-profit en­tity The New Zealand Bi­o­log­i­cal Pro­duc­ers and Con­sumers So­ci­ety (NZBPCS).


Fair­trade is about bet­ter prices, de­cent work­ing con­di­tions, lo­cal sus­tain­abil­ity, and fair terms of trade for farm­ers and work­ers in the de­vel­op­ing world. By re­quir­ing com­pa­nies to pay sus­tain­able prices, Fair­trade ad­dresses the in­jus­tices of con­ven­tional trade, which tra­di­tion­ally dis­crim­i­nates against the poor­est, weak­est pro­duc­ers. It en­ables them to im­prove their po­si­tion and have more con­trol over their lives. It has an independent third party cer­ti­fi­ca­tion sys­tem. Cur­rently, more than 6 mil­lion peo­ple around the world ben­e­fit from the Fair­trade sys­tem. fair­


car­bonzero cer­ti­fied or­gan­i­sa­tions have mea­sured their or­gan­i­sa­tions green­house gas (GHG) emis­sions so they un­der­stand what their im­pact is on the global cli­mate. They then make a com­mit­ment to man­ag­ing and re­duc­ing their GHG emis­sions by cre­at­ing an emis­sions man­age­ment and re­duc­tion plan. Any re­main­ing emis­sions that the or­gan­i­sa­tion can­not avoid are then off­set by pur­chas­ing ver­i­fied car­bon cred­its. car­


CEMARS is the first two steps of car­bonzero cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. CEMARS cer­ti­fied or­gan­i­sa­tions have mea­sured their or­gan­i­sa­tions green­house gas (GHG) emis­sions in com­pli­ance with ISO 14064 and made a com­mit­ment to man­ag­ing and re­duc­ing their emis­sions by cre­at­ing an emis­sions man­age­ment and re­duc­tion plan.



Asure­qual­ity is owned by the New Zealand govern­ment and pro­vides food safety and biose­cu­rity ac­cred­i­ta­tion. This in­cludes sup­ply­ing au­dit­ing, test­ing, in­spec­tion and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion ser­vices to or­ganic pro­duc­ers, pro­ces­sors and re­tail­ers in the dairy, meat, seafood, hor­ti­cul­ture, wine and arable sec­tors.


Heart Foun­da­tion Tick

The Heart Foun­da­tion Tick is to help peo­ple make health­ier food choices when they are shop­ping. Over 1000 prod­ucts sport the Tick, across a wide range of food cat­e­gories. The Tick sym­bol on a prod­uct means that it has been proven to meet the Tick’s nu­tri­tion cri­te­ria, is a health­ier choice within its food cat­e­gory and should be con­sumed in the rec­om­mended serv­ing size, and as part of a bal­anced diet and healthy life­style. pick­thet­

SPCA Blue Tick

The Royal New Zealand SPCA Blue Tick ac­cred­i­ta­tion en­sures that wel­fare stan­dards for an­i­mals have been met. Look out for it on an­i­mal prod­ucts such as eggs and pork. All farms are au­dited by the SPCA be­fore the tick is awarded.­ick

Sus­tain­able Wine­grow­ing

Sus­tain­able Wine­grow­ing New Zealand (SWNZ) was es­tab­lished in 1995 as an in­dus­try ini­tia­tive di­rected through New Zealand Wine­grow­ers and was com­mer­cially in­tro­duced in 1997 and adopted by grow­ers from all grape grow­ing re­gions. Win­ery stan­dards were in­tro­duced in 2002 to fur­ther sub­stan­ti­ate the in­dus­try com­mit­ment to sus­tain­able pro­duc­tion.

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