PMAC weekly update 13th November


PMAC weekly update 6th to 13th November

Full weekly update available here

  1. Government agencies: ; ICPR Update; WTO Notifications.
  1. New Zealand News:  PMAC AGM , Annual report and new strategy;  Revised Trans-Pacific Partnership a better deal for New Zealand; Government welcomes WTO ruling against Indonesia; MPI Change or no change?; SFO decides not to file charges against Zespri ; Freshmax promotes from within; Memorandum –a way to develop horticulture on Maori land; Fungicide damage on apples; New device helps determine kiwi taste before picking; More science added to 5+ A Day ; Horticultural land sold to foreigners; Since 1909, winter in New Zealand has become 30 days shorter.   
  1. International news: GAIN reports; EU report confirms high safety standards in crop protection;  Organic industry across the globe continues to grow; Huge scam involving organic fruit and vegetables discovered in Sicily; Maersk Line in profit but volume dropped in Q4 after cyberattack; Research shows that persimmons may help reduce risk of heart attack; Researchers develop food wrapping that kills bacteria; Spider venom could be the pesticide of the future; Spider venom could be the pesticide of the future; Circadian clock discovery could help boost water efficiency in food plants; Artificial seeds: even better than the real thing?; Frankenfood or the future of agriculture?

Editor’s comments

The good news this week has been delivered in the trade space.  TPP has been agreed under a new name (although still yet to be signed) and the WTO found that Indonesia implemented trade restrictive practises against New Zealand and the USA.  Both items will have a positive effect in opening up more equitable access for our exporters.

At the same time the potential for New Zealand Horticulture (including viticulture) to produce good returns internationally can be seen in the article on foreign ownership with the sale of a number of properties to companies with foreign ownership being reported on.

In the International section the report on the safe us of crop protection substances in the EU is of interest.  It questions why this is not recognised by EU regulators who are taking a negative view on the use of pesticides or GMO technologies.  The article Frankenfoods or the future of agriculture explores this area further with a discussion on the use of gene editing and its potential to facilitate plant breeding