The ori­gins will be clear

The pass­ing the Con­sumers’ Right to Know (Coun­try of Ori­gin of Food) Bill into law in late Novem­ber was the cul­mi­na­tion of over 10 years of work by Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand, chief ex­ec­u­tive Mike Chap­man said.

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“Once this bill comes into law, con­sumers get to choose what to buy with full knowl­edge or where their fruit and veg­eta­bles come from.”

As well as con­grat­u­lat­ing the Gov­ern­ment he com­mended the work done by the Green Party. For­mer mem­ber of Par­lia­ment, Sue Ked­g­ley, started the jour­ney when her mem­ber’s bill was drawn from the bal­lot in 2006 with an­other for­mer Green MP, St­ef­fan Brown­ing, tak­ing up the case.

Gareth Hughes had then se­cured the num­bers needed to make this law.

This is a good day for hor­ti­cul­ture, Mike said.

“Our re­search showed that more than 70 per­cent of New Zealan­ders want manda­tory la­belling for fruit and veg­eta­bles, so it is great to see them fi­nally get­ting what they want.”

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