Health & Fitness
Organic NZ

Organic NZ Jan/Feb 2017

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.

Kia ora koutou! At this time of the year it is good to take stock and try to keep the clock from speeding up. It is a great time to spend in the garden or contemplating the abundance of nature. This has been a very busy year for Soil & Health, working towards the folding in of BioGro Society and becoming the proud owners of BioGro Ltd, which is New Zealand’s largest and best-known certifier for organic produce and products. BioGro certifies and accredits over 630 producers, farmers and manufacturers. The new National Council is a great team and we have decided to increase our meetings to monthly by Skype and quarterly face-to-face. Our GE campaign and increasing the awareness of organics in Aotearoa are our major focus at the moment. We are…

3 min.
celebrate summer!

Welcome to new readers, contributors and advertisers – and to all of our loyal and long-time supporters. Thank you for being part of the Organic NZ community, for sharing information about organics, and for supporting the valuable work of the Soil & Health Association. I hope you’ll find much to interest and inspire you in these pages of our summer issue. It’s great to be back in the editor’s hot seat! After a decent holiday and getting right away from my usual life, I’m feeling revitalised and seeing things through different eyes. For a glimpse of my wwoofing adventures, check out page 20. Thanks very much to acting editor Rachel Rose for stepping into the role with enthusiasm and fresh ideas. And thank you also to the rest of the Organic NZ…

11 min.
your letters

WINNING LETTER HERBICIDE USE ON NONORGANIC FARMS Paddocks in our area are rotationally cropped with ryegrass for silage in winter and maize for silage in summer. This spring the grass went brown in a matter of days, and had obviously been sprayed with a herbicide. I assumed grass for silage was not going to be harvested as a result of the dairy downturn, and would be ploughed under. But to my surprise the brown sprayed ryegrass was harvested for silage. I was gobsmacked and worried. Was glyphosate the spray used? Was the silage destined to be fed to animals whose meat or milk will enter the chain? Is this a widespread practice? How does this practice fit with the clean green New Zealand image? Does it compromise the ‘natural grass-fed’ marketing of our meat…

2 min.
be in to win!

My Comfy PJs Four lucky winners will receive a pair of My Comfy PJs – pyjama pants that are specially designed to promote a restful night’s sleep. Super comfy and recommended by a growing number of physiotherapists in New Zealand and Australia, these PJs help align hips, pelvis and lower back. Internal pockets at the knees hold small medical-grade pillows to support you all through the night. No more knee support going south! Choose from one of the three GOTS-certified organic PJs in the My Comfy PJ range: women’s organic white 3 pants, women’s pink and blue 3 pants (pictured), or mint Fairtrade maternity pants. Please specify which one you’d like, and your size, in your competition entry. mycomfypjs.com Yates gardening packs Any gardener would be happy to win one of these organic gardening packs…

1 min.

Inca Fé coffee P Eaton, Blenheim; Mr Jock Laing, Auckland; Joss Browning, Tauranga; CE Grayling, Te Awamutu. Prana+Therapy Sharon Kennedy, Taupo; Pat Clapperton, Ranfurly; Pauline Bellam, Wellington; Claudia Martin, Whangarei; Isabella Westerbaan, Kihikihi; Melissa Bosson, Te Awamutu. ONZ subscriber prize: Ceres gift pack Jacky Tate, Dunedin; Trevor Henderson, Raumati Beach; Heidi Gillespie, Kaitaia; Eric Lin, Christchurch; Emma Bonner, Upper Hutt; Jon Russell, Morrinsville. Thunderpants Emma Bevernage, Otaki; Margarita Fox, Mangawhai; Milinda Higgins, Blenheim; Jeanette Richardson, Waimate; Sandi Hickey, Warea; Sarah Kivi, Kaiapoi; Ange Beaumont, Kaiapoi; Pauline Harrod-Holden; Otorohanga; Juliette Lasserre, Gisborne; Debbie Fielding, Nelson. True Holistic Beauty Katherine Taylor, Paraparaumu; Christine Sweetapple, Kaikohe.…

2 min.
rma reform jeopardises ge-free rights

Soil & Health recently celebrated a High Court decision in the ongoing legal defence to maintain community decision-making on genetic engineering. In November the High Court ordered Federated Farmers to pay court costs of more than $10,000 to the Whangarei District Council and the Soil & Health Association, and found that Federated Farmers was not acting in the public interest. However, this is overshadowed by new legislation about to be brought before Parliament that would give Environment Minister Nick Smith unbridled power to stop communities declaring themselves GE-free. Under the RMA’s clause 360D – referred to by lawyers as the dictator clause – the environment minister could step in if he or she deems that council plans duplicate central government laws. Nick Smith has warned that one such area is genetic engineering,…