Health & Fitness
Organic NZ

Organic NZ Mar/April 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.

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Soil & Health Association of NZ Inc
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6 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
making a stand

It seems like a long time since we have seen the level of public outcry and demonstrations that the TPPA is generating. However when we are betrayed, New Zealanders do make a stand. Soil & Health has taken a stand on many issues on your behalf and with your support throughout our 75-year history. Presently we are in the High Court defending our Environment Court win to be able to have rules on GMOs written into local body plans in line with the RMA, against an appeal from Federated Farmers. Over the last few months we have also moved well along the path of doing due diligence on merging with BioGro Society. The goal is to provide the most effective organisation to advocate for organics and confront the many threats against our…

1 min.
our people

Soil & Health member, surfer and lawyer Mischa Davis is on the front cover of this issue. Mischa did a permaculture course at Solscape Eco Retreat in Raglan, and loved organic gardening so much she then did an organic horticulture course. She grew up in Piha and was the New Zealand women’s surf champion in 2013. Her love of the sea led her to work with environmental lawyer Duncan Currie for Greenpeace NZ on deep sea drilling issues, then KASM (Kiwis Against Seabed Mining), and now she’s supporting the Soil & Health team working on GE issues. “Growing your own food and choosing organics is the best and most simple action one can take to make a difference in the world,” Mischa says. A tropical orchard in Malaysia, with herbs, spices and free-range…

2 min.
harvest time

There I was, feeling chilled out from being on holiday. Relaxing with a book, pottering in the garden, swimming in the sea, catching up with family and friends. I could totally relate to Kyra Xavia’s article about slowing down (page 38), and had all those New Year feelgood ideas about making my life more balanced, and taking time out for peace and contemplation. Then BAM! Back to the busyness of work and harvest time. Somehow it all seems to come at once. Articles poured in for Organic NZ. Everything in the garden seemed to suddenly swell. After a slow start, the zucchinis are suddenly sprouting forth. Luxuriating on a sunny windowsill, the basil plants now have leaves the size of my palm. No whitefly on the tomato plants this year, but…

10 min.
your letters

Email: editor@organicnz.org.nz Post: PO Box 340002, Birkenhead, Auckland 0746. WINNING LETTER PASSIONVINE HOPPERS When we moved to Whanganui eight years ago this week we knew gardening would be different in sand country compared to the clay soil we had experienced for most of our life in Tokomaru, just south of Palmerston North. And of course it was. We have made lots of raised gardens and used much mulch since. I also enjoyed a permaculture course at Quaker Acres and discovered Organic NZ with its informative, thoughtful and caring articles (my fav bedtime reading). I turn over the corners on the articles I want to study some more or share with others. When I have finally finished with each magazine it goes into Sustainable Whanganui’s library –www.sustainablewhanganui.org.nz – from where I can borrow them back! However…

2 min.
be in to win!

Marlena Oil Seven readers will go in the draw to win one of the beautiful oils from the Marlena Oil range. Marlena Oil organic skin care products are handmade in Nelson in small batches. Marlena is an aromatherapist, naturopath, medical herbalist, and massage therapist who developed her boutique oil range through two decades of practice. It was the success and repeated demand for each specially blended oil that led her to release the entire range. Names will be drawn randomly from the list of winners for the following oils: Tropical Skin Nourish; Man Oil; Super Soother; Face Care; Bug Off; Sensitive Skin Care; Hands, Feet and Elbows. www.marlenaoil.com Nature’s Way Vegie Insect Spray Be in to win one of five organic pest control packs! Yates’ Nature’s Way Vegie Insect Spray is fast-acting and effective against…

2 min.
ge: it’s our right to decide

Communities should have the right to decide whether or not genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are released or fieldtrialled in their regions and, if so, whether any conditions should be placed on them, say the Soil & Health Association and GE Free Northland. The two organisations again joined forces with Taitokerau mana whenua and others in court in February, responding to another case on the GMO issue brought by Federated Farmers, this time to the High Court in Whangarei. The judge’s decision is expected within a month. “Federated Farmers claims to represent farmers, but many primary producers – organic and non-organic – are selling to high-value national and international markets that have zero tolerance for GE contamination,” said Marion Thomson, cochair of Soil & Health. “New Zealand has already seen inadequately contained GE field…