GM decision

The rejection of 11 councils’ bids to remain GM-free will be a blow to dozens of local businesses. It will always be difficult to balance…

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Imperfect fruit

There is no greater sign of consumers’ unrealistic desire for perfection than a piece of fruit on a supermarket shelf. If an apple happens to…

Feel for farmers

It must be heartbreaking to be an apple or pear grower at the moment to get up every morning and watch a force beyond your control – thousands of hungry birds – descend on your orchards and gobble up whatever slim profits you might have been counting on.

Disease fears well founded

Hills growers must feel this week that their fears at the potential for NZ apple imports to spread new pests and diseases here are justified.

Split over apple import concerns

The decision to allow NZ apple imports without tougher biosecurity controls appears to have split two leading tiers of Government. After the industry backlash against…