Health & Fitness
Organic NZ

Organic NZ July/Aug 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

1 min.
kia ora koutou!

Published by the Soil & Health Association of NZ Inc. A big shout-out to Thunderpants for their great new ‘Philanthropants’ fundraising initiative, and to Pakaraka Permaculture – see page 10. This is a unique way to raise money which will support Project Gro, a small fund that’s often over-subscribed, so with this extra income Soil & Health will be able to support the great work that is happening out there in our schools, kura, early childhood centres, marae and community gardens. Organic NZ regularly reports on the projects we have funded, and this issue it is Rosehill Intermediate. Mischa Davis is doing a fine job of advocacy and ensuring that our voice is heard at all levels, via submissions, hearings and media. Federated Farmers is again opposing the right of primary producers…

1 min.
our people

Niki Morrell Niki Morrell believes there are gifts hidden inside bad things that happen in life, if you can just find them. Diagnosed with cancer in 2007, she gave up a successful career as a radio host in Australia and spent a couple of years recovering and re-evaluating her priorities. That led to a move back home to New Zealand, where she and her husband biodynamically farm a 25-hectare block in the Nelson Lakes region. Her stated aim is to grow the sort of food that gives people superpowers. Niki works as a freelance writer and journalist. She sits on the National Council of the NZ Biodynamic Association and holds its communications portfolio. Her health is excellent. This issue she has written a profile of Nicole Masters – see page 14. Bruce…

3 min.
fluid thinking

Thoughts are things. What we think is what we tend to say, and what we tend to say is often what we end up doing. Our thinking shapes and is shaped by our cultural intelligence, our language reflects our cultural attitudes, and our actions are supported by our cultural practices. Look out your window; what you see is a cultural landscape. It may be one that society has shaped or one you have crafted yourself. Both are shaped by a way of thinking, planning and choice of technology. At a national scale our landscape is a manifestation of our collective cultural thinking, intelligence and practice. Change in behaviour requires a change in thinking. Tweaking our thinking will only result in minor changes in practice. We seldom take time to consider this and…

10 min.
your letters

Email: editor@organicnz.org.nz Post: PO Box 340002, Birkenhead, Auckland 0746. WINNING LETTER PESTICIDES IN FOOD The winning letter in the May/June 2017 edition got me thinking. It’s a very good idea to let the public know how food has been treated and photos of spraying operations might be just the thing. Also in the May/June edition is John Bostock’s comment that onions are probably one of the most sprayed vegetables on earth, which reminded me of seeing a list of the top ten most sprayed veges in our supermarkets. I recall potatoes and celery were on that list. Can you produce a revised list and include in it how to wash veges to reduce the spray residues, using diluted vinegar I think? Thank you for all the work that goes into producing this interesting and informative…

2 min.

Be in to win! Root vegetable Thunderpants We have five fabulous pairs of root vegetable Thunderpants to give away! Thunderpants are 90% organically grown cotton and 10% spandex, made in the Wairarapa by a family-owned company, and now sold worldwide. Under their Philanthropants campaign, new prints are created to raise money for good causes. This time they’ve teamed up with Pakaraka Permaculture in support of Soil & Health’s Project Gro to help school, community and marae gardens around New Zealand. See more on page 10. The Project Gro vege print is available in women’s original and hipsters, crop tops, men’s briefs and boxers, and kids’ Thunderpants. Enter the competition but go buy some too – don’t miss out on this limited edition! www.thunderpants.co.nz Be Nourished gift packs Find it hard to choose just one…

1 min.
philanthropants supports project gro

Thunderpants have teamed up with Pakaraka Permaculture in their Philanthropants initiative to raise money for Soil & Health’s Project Gro fund. The money will go towards starting up organic gardens in schools, pre-schools, marae and communities around Aotearoa NZ. A special collection of Philanthropants organic cotton underwear, tights and tops is now available in a bright and cheeky root vege pattern. Thunderpants will donate $2 from the sale of every item (in June and July), and Pakaraka Permaculture will donate seeds to Project Gro. Pakaraka is a small family-run organic market garden and education centre near Thames. Together, the trio is rooting for organic growing! • Order your Philanthropants online: www.thunderpants.co.nz • www.pakarakafarm.co.nz • organicnz.org.nz/campaigns/project-gro…