Health & Fitness
Organic NZ

Organic NZ Jan/Feb 2016

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.
another reason to go organic

Published by the Soil & Health Association of NZ Inc. Recently the media reported on an article by Dr Mike Joy highlighting that thousands of hectares of our arable land have been, and are being, contaminated with the heavy metal cadmium, to the point that many food crops grown on these soils will be unsafe to eat. This is a consequence of farmers using superphosphate fertiliser made from phosphate rock with high levels of cadmium, even though phosphate rocks with lower levels of cadmium have been available. This is appalling and has been known at a political and industry level for many years. This is just one of a number of chemical farming practices that are threatening our future food security. We all need to be vigilant and vocal when issues of…

1 min.
our people

Rebecca Reider Rebecca Reider is a writer and activist living in an ecstatic, mutually nourishing relationship with her vegetable garden in Golden Bay. Born and raised in California, she recently celebrated her ten-year anniversary of moving to Aotearoa. (She came for a year’s research fellowship to study eco-agriculture, but never managed to leave). Her roles in the New Zealand organic world now include coordinator of Organic Winegrowers New Zealand, editor of Harvests magazine, and journalist on agroecological topics for publications ranging from Organic NZ to the New Zealand Herald. She’s also a performing spoken word poet known as Redwood, striving to spread community, justice and compost one rhyme at a time. Read her article ‘Marijuana is medicine’, page 14. www.redwoodreider.org Crispin Caldicott Organic NZ contributor Crispin Caldicott has been a member of the International Tree Foundation…

1 min.
subscribe and win swiss bliss chocolates!

Four lucky Organic NZ subscribers will win a selection of delicious handcrafted chocolates from Swiss Bliss. Edith Mueller and Pascal Sigrist, originally from Switzerland, operate their chocolaterie in Waitoki, north of Auckland. They use all organic or certified organic ingredients, and their large range includes such gourmet delights as hazelnut praline ‘cigars’ and feijoa wine truffles. First prize: $90 Swiss Bliss package. Three runners-up will each receive a $70 Swiss Bliss package. • All Organic NZ subscribers automatically go in the draw. • New or renewing subscribers: subscribe by 31 January for a chance to win! Offer open to NZ residents only. Delivery included in prize totals. Photo does not represent prize packages.…

3 min.
75 years of organics in nz

You should all be proud of yourselves! Yes you, Organic NZ readers and supporters of Soil & Health, home and community gardeners, farmers and growers, foodies and locavores, organic businesspeople, permaculturists, those practicing natural and preventive health, eco builders… the list goes on. Thank you all for being part of the growing organic movement, and for all your actions, whether small daily healthy habits, bold business ventures, or hours of volunteering. In 2016 we are celebrating the 75th anniversary of one of the world’s oldest organic organisations: the Soil & Health Association of New Zealand, founded in 1941 as the Humic Compost Club. Over the coming year Organic NZ will feature member profiles and dig up fascinating stuff from our archives. This issue we feature long-time members Gary and Emily Williams…

10 min.
your letters

Email: editor@organicnz.org.nz Post: PO Box 340002, Birkenhead, Auckland 0746. WINNING LETTER CERES CO-OP It was no surprise to read how well Ceres management have done overseas (ONZ Nov/Dec 2015). My wife Nicholas (traditional Scottish woman’s name) and I began one of the first co-op groups with them since they were in Ellerslie back in the early 90s. We buy in bulk monthly. All our group emails a request for what each wants and Nicholas works out what is in our storeroom here, then places an order for further dry goods, together with such fruit and vegetables she anticipates we will all need for a month. Our transport contractor delivers it from Ceres to our door. Nicholas makes up everyone’s order, which they come and collect, paying their share. What is particularly satisfying about dealing with…

3 min.

Be in to win! Bumper gardening pack from Daltons We are thrilled that Daltons are offering bonanza prize packs of their organic products to three lucky competition winners. Each prize pack contains: compost (40 litres), potting mix (40 litres), seed mix (5 litres), Nufert (5 litres), Biofungicide powder (250 g) and Bio-fungicide granules. All products are from Daltons’ organic range and are certified organic by BioGro. This wonderful prize pack will go a long way to making your summer garden the best it can be. Daltons are committed to using renewable resources in all their growing media and compost products. Check out Daltons’ website – it’s full of gardening information and their kids’ pages are a treat. www.daltons.co.nz Kiwiherb Liver Cleanse Tired, stressed and feel like your body needs a break? Now is a…