This essay presents the study of organic farming movement in New Zealandundertaken by investigating the grower community in Canterbury who uses BiologicalHusbandry Unit (BHU) at Lincoln University as a learning center where the communitymember studies, exchanges news and information, develops activities and further establishesnetworking with organic growers throughout the country. The study shows that even thoughNew Zealand possesses favorable preconditions for the success of organic farmingmovement, such as the environmental conditions and hard working agrarian culture, butparadoxically, the main challenge for the future of organic farming in this country lies itself in the productionism agrarian values, which upon their interaction with the growing influenceof global economy and the highly capitalistic ideology in it, has made it even more difficultfor New Zealand people to appreciate anything that does not give excellent material yieldsand physical performance. At the moment, this norms and cultures are likely to be the mainobstacle in instigating organic farming paradigm in the government level likewise in thepopulation, as self-sufficient movement to combat the likely challenge of climate change inthe near future. Regrettably, contrary to the widely known New Zealand green and cleanimage, the study found evidences of environmental degradation in Canterbury and thatcontra-organic farming current is also quite obvious in New Zealand as elsewhere in theworld.
I’d like to thank everyone who helped in the making of this project.-
Bill Martin, manager of the BHU-
Gilda Otway, BHU mentor-
Ivan Barren, BHU mentor-
Tineke, manager of Piko Whole Food, Christchurch-
Two respondents, the BHU students-
Christine Dann, Writer for Organic NZ Magazine