Health & Fitness
Organic NZ

Organic NZ March/April 2019

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.

New Zealand
Soil & Health Association of NZ Inc
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6 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
organics is the solution!

When we talk about sustainability and sustainable practices we are really talking about kaitiakitanga, a concept that all cultures can relate to and understand. We all have examples in our whakapapa that we can be proud of and aspire too. Organic Week around Aotearoa celebrates what we want to see more of. This year it’s on from 29 April to 5 May (see more on page 7, or at www.organicweek.co.nz). Thank you to you all for making such an effort to throw open your gates and let the public get up close and personal. It is this caring for something greater than ourselves that binds the masses and encourages us to forge on ahead knowing the best is yet to come. We acknowledge all those before us who paved the way for…

3 min.
invisible waves

With the proposed rollout of the 5G telecommunications network on the horizon, we first need to consider what the health effects may be. The term ‘5G’ is really a marketing term rather than a technical one. Telecommunications companies are promoting it as a whiz-bang upgrade that enables faster and better mobile and internet communication, and the ‘internet of things’ – appliances that can be remotely controlled, for example. What’s this got to do with organics? With healthy soil, healthy food and healthy people? A growing body of science warns of health risks from long-term exposure to electromagnetic radiation (EMR) from the mobile and wifi technology we already have. There are people who are electrosensitive and cannot live or work in certain environments; they have to limit their exposure to EMR in…

2 min.
your letters

Email: editor@organicnz.org.nz Post: PO Box 9693, Marion Square, Wellington, 6141. WINNING LETTER THANK YOU VERY MULCH In these days of climate change and drought and flood and fire about the earth, we must consider first – for survival – the soil life, in order to sustain nutrition of all life. When I first sought to understand organic growing I came across How to Grow Vegetables and Fruits by the Organic Method edited by JI Rodale and staff; and a much smaller book, The Basic Book of Organic Gardening, edited by Robert Rodale. These two books inspired me to grow food, and all plants, organically. They expounded on the use and value of mulch: to retain moisture in the soil; to keep the soil and plant roots cool; to allow fruits, vegetables and leaves growing on…

6 min.
organic week

29 April – 5 May Organic Week Aotearoa NZ is fast approaching, and we’re calling for you to get involved! We want you – producers, retailers, growers, chefs, restaurants, schools, community groups and home gardeners. Can you organise something or join in? Are you already organising something organic that week? Can you be a contact person in your region or area? Events and promotions are already being uploaded onto the website, so if you’re looking for inspiration, check it out. If you’re an organic grower or business with an amazing story to tell, get in touch with the team who would love to feature you. These producer stories will be featured on the website and on social media – what a great way to showcase organics and your business. Regional contacts • Auckland: Nick…

2 min.

Swiss Bliss chocolate prize packs Win some chocolatey deliciousness from Swiss Bliss! First prize is a two-month chocolate subscription pack worth $150 (two deliveries); second prize is bunny Kahui in milk or dark chocolate ($95), and third prize is a Matryoshka Easter egg (an egg within an egg within an egg, $55). Swiss Bliss has been handcrafting organic chocolate since 2003 in the tiny village of Waitoki. Chocolatiers Edith Mueller and Pascal Sigrist get inspiration from their surroundings and the locally grown produce of Rodney. Their latest creations include macadamia nut praline bars, and ‘molten kisses’ – a Swiss-style mallowpuff made with free-range eggs and a runny centre – salted honey caramel is particularly popular. www.swissbliss.nz René’s Kombucha Throw a party! Three lucky winners will each receive a whole box of René’s Kombucha –…

13 min.

Law change can support organic dairy and revitalise waterways Soil & Health wants Fonterra to collect all certified and in-transition-to-organic Fonterra milk and to pay a premium for it, irrespective of locality. “We want to see the Government better commit to organic dairy production and therefore more sustainable farming practices,” says Soil & Health National Council member and former Green Party MP, Steffan Browning. “We consider that a shift towards organic farming practices is needed to protect and enhance our environment and our economy.” The Ministry for Primary Industries is undertaking a comprehensive review of the Dairy Industry Restructuring Act which includes looking at incentives or disincentives for the dairy industry to transition to higher-value dairy production and processing that global consumers seek for a premium, and more sustainable environmental practices on and off-farm.…