Vaccination vastly improves the health of both people and animals and is vital for continuing to meet the health challenges of growing populations. Vaccinating animals protects them from life-threatening diseases such as distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus… Read more >

Farmers, growers, and pet owners require ways to control pests. Naturally occurring compounds or natural extracts have been used as pesticides since ancient times. The earliest pesticides were most likely salt, sulfurous rock, and extracts… Read more >

What is a residue? A residue is a very small trace of an agricultural compound, such as a pesticide, that remains on a crop or in animal products. How much is in our food? Many… Read more >

Glyphosate is used in New Zealand by farmers, councils and home gardeners. It has recorded more than 40 years of safe use and has been the subject of over 800 studies, all of which have… Read more >

The facts Despite claims that particular types of seed treatments (neonicotinoids) are harmful to bees, there is no evidence that neonicotinoids have harmed bees in New Zealand. Neonicotinoids have been used safely across millions of… Read more >

The crop protection industry exists and thrives because it is the only way growers and farmers can reasonably be certain of a harvest. This is due to two main factors.  Firstly, plants, like all living… Read more >

A pest is an animal or tiny organism that causes harm to humans, animals, food, or living conditions. Pests are damaging because they attack and eat vegetables and other crops, cause and spread disease, or… Read more >

Ensuring we play our part to reduce antimicrobial resistance contributes to a One Health approach that recognises the interconnection between people, animals, plants, and the environment.

Bees are an essential component of a strong agricultural sector. They support New Zealand’s $6 billion horticultural industry by pollinating food crops as well as producing a multitude of honey-based products. Despite recent reports of… Read more >