Whole food agriculture is essential for human survival and well being. The Outdoors Party believe that whole food protein is essential – whether beef, lamb, fish or plant based – and that all forms of protein can be farmed sustainably and regeneratively. However – industrial ultraprocessed genetically modified imported protein that claims to be healthy and is sprayed with multiple rounds of herbicides including Roundup – isn’t part of the Outdoors Party vision for New Zealand.

The Outdoors Party consider that transition to ensure we retain a ‘safe living space for humanity’ requires that we look at the true cost or benefit of agriculture and production.

We are going to ask why our national focus on carbon emitters is structured so that basic agriculture, which produces whole foods that are required by humanity, are considered high carbon emitters – while ultra-processed food products, individually coated with plastic, often imported – are kept out of the debate, yet consumed here without accounting for travel miles and the quality of ingredients. Ultraprocessed commercial foods are included in GDP so why aren’t they a carbon cost?

We are going to ask why our national accounts measure water flows and water levels, but ignore pollution levels in water. We are going to ask why the social and environmental benefit of hunters going into the bush is ignored. We’re going to ask why the demonstrated risk of poisoning from 1080 and its toxic metabolites – a chemical long banned in Europe – to accumulate and taint hunters food, carrion of raptors, and export food – has been brushed aside in policy and in mainstream media – and why these externalities have not been thoroughly assessed and accounted for.

The true cost of health food has never been considered. People do not simply get one illness – multi-morbidity is normal. What is the true cost of these multiple health conditions? We all understand the value of healthy wholefood for the prevention benefits it confers. In true cost accounting, we will look at the shift needed across public health, to ensure that the New Zealand public have access to nourishing kiwi-grown whole food, while ensuring that this product is not sold at lower rates in export markets.