by Steffan Browning
3 News had an interesting story on about flower growers calling for country of origin labelling on flowers in New Zealand.
We have long been calling for country of origin labelling on food and it is interesting to hear yet another industry saying that they are struggling against cheap imports.
The imported flowers are taking several trips all over the world before they arrive in New Zealand and are dipped in pesticides as a biosecurity measure. But there’s no easy way for you or I to avoid them and buy from local growers when we are choosing our flowers. The biosecurity measures have also been shown to be patchy, with some plant material still able to be grown on while potentially carrying new diseases.
New Zealanders have a right to the information they need to be able to make purchasing decisions to protect themselves, and New Zealand producers.