Health & Fitness
Organic NZ

Organic NZ May - June 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

1 min.
a growing way of life

2–3 June 2019 ICC Sydney, Darling Harbour With more and more Australians paying attention to what they put in and on their bodies, a healthy way of living has grown to be a normal way of living. And with over 360 exhibitors and 6,000 buyers there’s no better way to grow your connections, grow your knowledge and grow your business than by discovering the latest natural products and trends at Naturally Good 2019. TRADE ONLY EVENT 360 Exhibitors Food & Drink Beauty & Personal Care Home & Living Natural Health Grow with Naturally Good. Register at naturallygood.com.au/organicnz Naturally Good is a trade only event. Proof of business identification maybe requested at the door.…

3 min.
a breath of fresh air

It was the mad, crazy-busy time of Organic NZ production, but I made time to slip away down to Riverton in Southland for the Permaculture Hui. I’m so glad I did. Unplugging from computer and phone and getting in touch with people and the elements was grounding and revitalising. It was a reminder of why we’re doing what we’re doing: because we care for the earth, we recognise the interconnectedness of everything, we want to have a light footprint and work with nature and as part of an ecosystem. The speakers were inspirational. Robyn Guyton, one of the hosts, spoke about the ‘Longwood Loop’. This is an idea to revitalise local food and the rural community around the Longwood Mountains. An electric vehicle will make regular trips around the loop, linking…

5 min.
your letters

WINNING LETTER A BILLION OF THE BEST TREES What Helmut Janssen says about loss of soil carbon under pine trees we can vouch for (‘A billion of the best trees’, ONZ Jan/Feb 2019). We’ve just logged 7 ha and the pumice soils are completely bleached under the litter layer. Adjoining pasture still black for 250–300 mm and dark throughout the subsoil, as was this block when planted. Further we are not convinced that the percentage of carbon actually removed in logs is accurate, as a heck of a lot is still left on site to slow burn back to CO2. Pines on the East Coast also dry out soils (rain held in needles) which is somewhat counterproductive in the context of climate change. Are you aware of the Jena experiment? Basically they have shown…

2 min.

Niugini Organics gift packs Win one of six packs from Niugini Organics NZ! Each pack contains a one-litre jar of coconut oil and four coconut oil soaps: one unscented, and three scented with essential oils of lavender, lemongrass and patchouli. Studies have shown that coconut oil has an important role to play in nutrition, metabolism, health care and beauty. Certified 100% organic, Niugini Organics coconut oil is wild-harvested and hand-finished in Papua New Guinea by community growers. It is cold-pressed and bottled in glass then imported to New Zealand. So good for you! It’s never too late to improve your health – start now by getting it at your local organic store or check out the website. www.niuginiorganics.co.nz Inca Fé organic coffee When you gift a subscription to Organic NZ, you go in the draw…

3 min.
organic week aotearoa 2019

The second annual Organic Week Aotearoa kicks off on Monday 29 April. This year the focus is on celebrating and educating New Zealanders on all things organic, building awareness of where our food comes from, and highlighting ways organics can benefit families, communities and the environment. This is a great opportunity for those of us already involved in organics to get others involved and show them what’s so wonderful about it. “By definition, ‘organic’ is avoiding or excluding the use of synthetic fertilisers, pesticides, antibiotics, growth modification and irradiation – but it’s so much more than that, says Marion Wood, spokesperson for Organic Week Aotearoa and co-chair of Soil & Health. “We use organic agricultural methods to work with the land to create sustainable soil, making it more fertile and biodiverse. Healthy…

1 min.
soil & health collaborates with thunderpants for project gro

On 10 April the Soil & Health Association announced a special funding round for Project Gro. This has been made possible through a collaboration with Thunderpants as part of their ‘Philanthropants’ programme. Funding for organic garden projects is now open to all schools, marae, community gardens, early childhood centres throughout New Zealand, though preference will be given to a limited number of projects within the Wairarapa region (the home of Thunderpants). Successful recipients get $500, some start-up seeds from Pakaraka Permaculture, and membership to Soil & Health which includes Organic NZ magazine subscription. Soil & Health hopes to announce some of the recipients during Organic Week. More information: organicnz.org.nz/campaigns/project-gro/project-gro-april-2019-funding…