A report by Greenpeace has highlighted the high levels of pesticide residues in Chinese-grown herbs currently distributed around the world. The data, source from outlets in seven major global markets, has identified 47% of the samples gathered showed pesticide residues to be highly or extremely hazardous according to World Health Organisation standards.
I had a disagreement with the chef of a leading Auckland seafood restaurant recently, over the now headline matter of the state of the snapper resource. In spite of being listed by both Greenpeace and the Forest and Bird Society as a ‘Red List’ species, the chef argued that his fishing industry contacts claimed that they had never caught so much snapper, so there was no problem with the species.
Greenpeace has welcomed news that Sealord will phase out a destructive tuna fishing method that kills sharks, turtles and baby tuna.
A former head of Greenpeace International, Paul Gilding is coming to New Zealand as the guest of Fonterra to help improve the environmental awareness and performance of its dairy farmer members. Gilding will front a series of seminars entitled “Grow Your Minds”, aimed at improving farmers’ sustainability performance.
Cracking through the 400 parts of CO2 per million in the atmosphere has put the human race into new environmental territory that will certainly have a profound influence on how we grow and catch our food in the future. For food-based economies like New Zealand the 400 ppm milestone could, on reflection, be a seminal moment, and we passed that point in the last 12 months according to latest data from the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii.
Greenpeace has attended the annual general meeting (AGM) of Syngenta in Basel, Switzerland, in order to alert shareholders to the company’s role in the global decline in bee populations and ask them to challenge the chair of Syngenta board to stop marketing these deadly products.
Greenpeace has identified New Zealand fishing company, Sealord as the last stronghold of destructive fishing methods threatening the tuna fishery in the South West Pacific. They claim Sealord is now the only big Australasian canned tuna brand which has refused to stop using a destructive fishing method which kills sharks, juvenile tuna and turtles.
Environment advocacy group Greenpeace has called on New Zealand fishing company Sealord to follow the lead of its Australian competitor, John West, and renounce the use of fish aggregating devices (FADs). John West, Australia’s largest tuna brand, pledged to phase out the use of highly destructive and wasteful fish aggregating devices (FADs) used with purse seine nets by 2015. This will include John West tuna sold in New Zealand.
Greenpeace has fingered the global fast food chain Kentucky Fried Chicken for endangering threatened tigers in Indonesia, by sourcing its packaging and other paper products from Asia Pulp and Paper (APP).
Greenpeace has released further evidence of the use of tropical hardwoods in Cottonsoft products sold in New Zealand.
SCA Hygiene Australasia, maker of Purex and Sorbent toilet tissue, has welcomed a campaign by Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund to educate New Zealand consumers about responsible purchasing.
A giant ‘tin’ of Sealord tuna, erected by Greenpeace in the Auckland suburb of Three Kings, has today been removed.