Health & Fitness
Organic NZ

Organic NZ July/Aug 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

2 min.
poised to make history

Published by the Soil & Health Association of NZ Inc. We are poised on the edge of making history in the organic sector once again, this time aiming for a stronger, more united Soil & Health Association. We have some farewells to make. First and foremost I would like to acknowledge my co-chair Dennis Enright, who is stepping down from National Council. Dennis has worked unconditionally for the good of Soil & Health and has been very active over the merger discussions attending to the nitty gritty of the legal aspects. Dennis has been an amazing colleague, friend and great support over past few years. Dennis and I would also like to acknowledge the dedicated support of Chris Morrison and Annie Broadfoot who are also stepping down from National Council. In addition we…

3 min.
a strong voice for organics

Soil & Health is committed to a vision of an organic New Zealand and as one of three current goals we are working to be a ‘Strong Voice for Organics’. People are making a lot of good changes to their individual lifestyles and at the local level throughout our organics community, but more needs to be done for a greater impact on a broader social level. By supporting and connecting individuals and organisations from the grassroots through to political power, we can be stronger and move forward in the organic community together. We can learn from overseas successes, and tailor these ideas and actions to our unique people, culture and environment. One of the goals of the Strong Voice project is to better understand the needs of groups and communities working on…

14 min.
your letters

Email: editor@organicnz.org.nz Post: PO Box 340002, Birkenhead, Auckland 0746. MERGER OF SOIL & HEALTH AND BIOGRO SOCIETY How I agree with Barb Warren (Organic NZ May/June 2016)! Organic certification surely applies to the whole life cycle of a food or body product, and encompasses the ethics of the product, food miles, carbon footprint, pricing and more. It is vital that, in moving to the mainstream, people are not hoodwinked into thinking a product is organic when only a portion of its lifestyle is strictly organic, such as organically grown apples, and to me, making a juice from concentrate can never be organic. If we cheapen and dilute organic certification, it will lead to erosion of organic standards and their corporatisation, while deceiving the buying public, and will do planet Earth no favours, while…

3 min.

Be in to win! Zee Zee Merino clothing Six lucky readers will each win a piece of Zee Zee Merino clothing. You or one of your family could keep warm this winter in an infinity scarf, a sports tank top, ladies’ long-sleeved T-shirt, baby blanket/wrap, child’s cat print T-shirt or a men’s flat-seamed beanie. Colours and sizes depend on availability. All Zee Zee clothing is made from 100% New Zealand merino, and Zee Zee’s Jo Sanderson is passionate about ensuring that nothing goes offshore. The merino comes from the South Island, is woven and dyed in Levin, then the clothing is sewn and screen-printed in Napier. The Zee Zee range includes clothing and accessories for men, women, children and infants. www.zeezeemerino.co.nz Cricket flour gift packs Win one of three Live Longer Eat Well prize packs!…

1 min.

We can strengthen organics together Soil & Health and BioGro merger Mid July will see the members of two major organic organisations in New Zealand decide whether to join forces. On the table for discussion and voting is the proposal for the BioGro Society Inc (owner of the certification agency BioGro New Zealand Ltd) to transfer its assets to Soil & Health Association before winding up. If this happens, the resources that are currently being used to run two organisations will be focused on just one. Soil & Health would be the proud new owner of New Zealand’s largest organic certification agency, and so receive dividends as the sole shareholder. This would greatly empower Soil & Health to carry out its vital advocacy work for healthy soil, healthy food and healthy people. BioGro…

2 min.
united we stand

Most persons who have passed through the various courses and papers related to organics at Lincoln University and in latter years at the Organic College at Lincoln should be familiar with the work and philosophy of Stuart Hill. Essentially he would talk about the deep philosophy of organics and how it is integrated into the existing economic paradigm. Simply put, ‘certified organic’ is all to do with the existing economic paradigm, a compromise of what can be sold to the people, and little to do with what has to happen to society in order for that society to come into balance with the needs of the environment. Soil & Health is all about the philosophy and BioGro Society is all about the compromise and some will argue that never the twain will…