Organics Aotearoa New Zealand National Conference, 1080 Debate & Global Warming Individual Interviews
- NZ NATIONAL ORGANICS CONFERENCE
- THE 1080 DEBATE
- HOT TOPIC - GLOBAL WARMING FROM A NZ PERSPECTIVE
NZ NATIONAL ORGANICS CONFERENCE
Brendan Hoare is a World Board Member of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), as well as a Senior Academic in the School of Natural Science, UNITEC New Zealand, and a founding director of the Journal of Organic Systems. I attended his talk on IFOAM standards and how they are being redeveloped and the state of organics and IFOAMs role in this at the moment. In my interview with him after the conference I asked him about these issues and more as they relate to organics.
Steffan Browning the Soil & Health associations spokesperson was also at the National Organics Conference and in my interview with him he gives his impressions on what happened at the conference.
Editorial on conference: http://prismwebcastnews.com/pwn/?p=1202
THE 1080 DEBATE
The Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA) recently came out with its decision to support the continued use of 1080 poison to control possum numbers. Albeit with some tighter controls on its use. I decided to get perspectives from those both for and against the use of 1080. I interviewed Kevin Hackwell from Forest & Bird for a pro-1080 persepctive and Steffan Browning from Soil & Health for an anti-1080 perspective.
HOT TOPIC: GLOBAL WARMING AND THE FUTURE OF NEW ZEALAND, BY GARETH RENOWDEN
As the science of global warming continues to pass the threshold from theory to fact this timely book by Gareth Renowden details the likely impact that global warming will have on New Zealand. And while he finds that it is not all bad news for New Zealand he examines how the science suggests NZ’s climate will change, what current and future governments can do to address the problem, and how individuals and businesses can respond to the challenge. I interviewed him on these issues to find out more.
One review of the book on the Hubbards Carbon Crusade website said this about Hot Topic: “Recently published and in all good bookstores now, this 200-odd page read is an absolute must. It’s a fantastic balance of science, opinion and experience, focused on New Zealand and the likely impact climate change will have on our nation.”
For further information and how to order the book go to http://www.hot-topic.co.nz/.