GREEN PARTY WASTES FOOD

PRESS RELEASE

ISSUED: 2 JULY 2018

Today the Green Party sent out an email to thousands of recipients, on behalf of co-leader Marama Davidson, declaring that “Everyone in Aotearoa should live in warm, dry, healthy homes and be able to put food on the table.”

Yet Eugenie Sage, their Minister of Conservation, is leading a campaign in which hundreds of thousands of tonnes of free range, high quality game animal meat are left to rot on our public conservation land.

NZ Outdoors Party Co-Leader, David Haynes, said “Since coming into power Eugenie Sage has sanctioned increased use of aerial 1080, which unequivocally poisons the nation’s game animals.  She is also responsible for the mass killing of Tahr by contracted cullers and again, all that meat is left on the ground to rot.  This appalling waste of high value food is a moral disgrace and denies families access to a free range, organic and sustainable protein source.

Haynes continued “Complicit in the food scandal is Fisheries Minister, Stuart Nash, who continues to allow inshore trawlers to decimate recreational fishing grounds and deny many people their principal protein source – kaimoana.”

For many families hunting and fishing provides the only affordable way to eating meat and fish.  Haynes said “To deny this is to condemn people into further poverty, poor diets and poor health.”

The NZ Outdoors Party’s strategy is to encourage every New Zealander to learn to hunt, catch, harvest and grow their own food as an alternative to the overpriced, fertiliser and spray dependent food marketed to New Zealanders.

Silver Fern Farms venison fillet is currently $68 per kilogram with snapper fillets at $43/kg.

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