Health & Fitness
Organic NZ

Organic NZ Jan/Feb 2018

Organic NZ is filled with info to live a healthier lifestyle - for you and the planet! Published by the Soil & Health Association of New Zealand, working since 1941 for sustainable organic agricultural and good health. Topics range from home garden to large-scale success stories; eco-building; urban organics; genetic engineering & chemical issues; food matters & natural health.

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Soil & Health Association of NZ Inc
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6 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
greetings from the chair!

Some months ago I mentioned that the National Council were proposing to make a bid to host the 2020 Organic World Congress. In the end we were not in a position to make a winning bid. However, with support from Tourism NZ, we sent a delegation of myself and Marion Thomson to Delhi in November to learn more about making such a bid. Chris May joined us in a private capacity, which was invaluable as he has worked in the global organic sector for decades and has extensive contacts. The knowledge we gained will, along with industry and government support, allow Soil & Health to make a strong bid at the Organic World Congress in 2020 (France) to host the 2023 Congress in New Zealand, should Council decide to do so.…

3 min.
water pressure

My first foray into making kombucha happened to coincide with the recent long hot spell, so long cool drinks were very welcome. The plants in the garden were in desperate need of cool drinks too, and wilted in the dry heat. A hotter-than-usual summer is predicted, and water supplies around Aotearoa are under pressure; several councils have already introduced water restrictions. We need to be thinking of ways to conserve water and use it wisely. Collecting and storing rainwater from roof run-off should be de rigueur. Adopting resilient organic farming and gardening practices will help us cope with drought. As will planting naturally drought-tolerant and deep-rooted species, and always a biodiversity, and favouring animals that suit the climatic conditions we face. Gardeners: check out the article on page 26 about an age-old…

1 min.
no need for ge apples – nature has the solutions

I found your article ‘An apple a day’ – describing Dr Andrew Dare’s project to genetically modify Royal Gala apples to be more beneficial to people with type 2 diabetes – most interesting. At a certain level there were echoes between his reasoning and my own thoughts on eating beneficial foods. At the Heritage Food Crops Research Trust we advocate eating for health; we identify plant foods including apples that have high levels of appropriate beneficial compounds, and we use scientific measurement to guide us. But our strategies couldn’t be further apart. I look for naturally occurring varieties that provide compounds appropriate to certain needs while Dr Dare seeks to ‘reinvent the wheel’ using genetic modification. Reliable data exists on 250 apples under cultivation in New Zealand. We have noted the apparent link…

1 min.
feed back

We love your feedback, letters, tips, recipes, questions and photos! Deadline: 31 January 2018 for the March/April 2018 issue. Please include your name, address and phone number. Maximum length 300 words. Letters may be abridged. Email: editor@organicnz.org.nz Post: PO Box 9693, Marion Square, Wellington, 6141 Facebook Organic NZ has a lively forum on Facebook – jump on! www.facebook.com/organicnz Digital edition available Only $30 per year or $5 per issue Subscribe at nz.zinio.com bit.ly/orgnz-digital…

8 min.
your letters

Email: editor@organicnz.org.nz Post: PO Box 9693, Marion Square, Wellington, 6141. WE LOVE ORGANIC NZ! We L.O.V.E the magazine. It has inspired and helped guide us plant our own garden, in an earth- and nature-friendly way. And I love reading about new companies doing clever things who have great products. Many thanks for all your hard work. Melanie and Andrew Choat Auckland PLASTICS IN THE ORGANIC MOVEMENT It seems to me that the organic movement is veering ever more into the use and acceptance of plastics in organic food production and marketing. The use of nonbiodegradeable plastic meshes, containers, tunnel house film, water pipes, and finishes for example, is widespread and no longer raises questions about their place in organic production systems. Yet plastics derived from petroleum are derived from what is frequently a conflict mineral, which…

3 min.

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