Health & Fitness
Organic NZ

Organic NZ Jul/Aug 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.
notes from the chair

As I write this, my last note from the chair, from a beautiful village in southern Germany, I have been reminded of the import of the proposed and pending single organic standard currently under consultation in New Zealand. We have a small version of that in New Zealand where at least one producer self-certifies their product to their own organic standard and declares themselves to be ‘certified organic’. To be fair they may very well be producing to the highest possible standard but in the absence of third party verification who would know. Your Council is very strongly supporting the proposed changes while being very mindful of making sure smaller producers are not adversely affected. Two of the key reasons for being supportive of smaller growers are that they bring innovation, and…

3 min.
vote now – we need you!

It’s heartening to see so many people, young and not so young, standing for election to Soil & Health’s National Council. Members are spoilt for choice with seven candidates vying for four places. I urge you to vote – your vote counts and will shape the future of this organisation, and help set the tone and culture for organics in New Zealand. Read about the candidates, and the remits proposed for members’ consideration, on pages 56–58. I’ve been reading The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate by Peter Wohlleben, and it occurs to me that Soil & Health is like a tree. A tree that has weathered many years, with its rings showing some lean and challenging years, and some years of health and expansion. With the…

1 min.
winning letter

HEALTHY DIET FOR IMMUNITY I just read the letters about vaccination in the March/April Organic NZ and I’d like to share with you my experiences. I believe that a healthy body can overcome mumps, whooping cough and chicken pox and we only need to vaccinate to prevent rubella. How can we give our children a healthy body? Give them food that does not produce acid in the body. The worst are sugar and meat, and the best are fruit and vegetables. Swiss doctor Bircher Benner (who invented muesli) advocates: start each meal with something raw (it does not have to be much). • Breakfast: citrus fruit, berries, Granny Smith apple • Bread meal: banana, pear and some other fruit that is not acidic (apple) • Cooked meal: salad (lettuce, grated carrot, tomato, cucumber etc.). Children often…

1 min.
feed back

We love your feedback, letters, tips, recipes, questions and photos! Deadline: 31 July 2018 for the September/October 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 http://bit.ly/orgnz-digital…

8 min.
your letters

Email: editor@organicnz.org.nz Post: PO Box 9693, Marion Square, Wellington, 6141. SUGAR AND CANCER Re the article in the May/June edition by Denise Cox on homegrown sweeteners. While all the information about these sweetners and how they might be grown made such good reading, and was to Organic NZ magazine’s usual high standard of design, I am still really worried about the little statement at the end of the introductory paragraph: ‘Sugar, especially fructose, feeds cancer cells, accelerating their growth and expediting the cancer’s spread’. While I’d hate to support gross consumption of sugar I feel this is a claim that should not be made and I can only refer you to the Mayo Clinic website under ‘myth’. Jane Russell Bulls Denise Cox responds: Thank you for raising this. Eating too much sugar causes weight gain, and being…

1 min.
news in brief

Organic kiwifruit growers win national award Congratulations to Opotiki kiwifruit growers Mark and Catriona White, who have won the Ballance Farm Environment Award for 2018. It’s the first time orchardists have won the national award. The couple transformed part of Catriona’s parents’ organic dairy farm into a kiwifruit orchard 10 years ago, knowing very little about kiwifruit. The farm is certified organic by BioGro, and produces green and gold fruit. Organic Week award winners Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Organic Week NZ Awards. The Awards gave the chance for anyone to nominate people, brands and companies in five categories, and the awards were decided by popular vote.organicweek.co.nz • Organic Brand of the Year: Little Bird Organics• Organic Product of the Year: Free Range Deodorant• Organic Eatery of the Year: The Unbakery• Organic…