Health & Fitness
Organic NZ

Organic NZ May/Jun 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.
message from the chair

Greetings readers, I trust your autumn is going well at your place – Central Otago is glowing with colour! I want to briefly readdress Council’s thinking on the subscription increase and the responses we have had to it. The harsh reality Council faces, as articulated several times, is that our main earner (Organic NZ) is also our main expense and it, combined with our other expenses, costs us more than we earn. To remedy the ongoing loss-making situation Council decided to change the membership rate to $95. Thus far Council has received seven letters from people expressing strong disapproval and I’m sure there are some other members a bit miffed as well. Not many of us like paying more than we are accustomed to. For myself when that happens I ask, is…

3 min.
another ge-free win!

As I was writing this editorial, the news came through about another win for keeping the New Zealand environment GE-free. I feel for Federated Farmers members because their leaders keep spending members’ money on legal cases, trying to knock down the right of communities to determine their own GE policies. But it’s not working – the Feds have twice lost (Environment Court and High Court) and then withdrew their appeal to the Court of Appeal. In the latest case before the Environment Court, Whangarei District Council appealed the Northland Council’s Regional Policy Statement, asking to delete one word – ‘plants’ so the policy would require a precautionary approach towards introducing genetically engineered organisms generally to the environment. Fair enough – it’s not only GE plants that are risky – what about…

1 min.
winning letter

FOOD SOVEREIGNTY IN AOTEAROA A movement is growing to establish food sovereignty in Aotearoa. We take aim at the structural inequalities that impoverish our food, land and communities. We intend to reshape the food system so true agency exists in decision-making from growing to consumption. Our movement seeks to reclaim power from the industrial and corporate dominance that commodifies food, reapplying this to grow a system where food is a right. We work towards an Aotearoa where organic is normalised, making certification redundant; where the food economy serves ecology and people rather than extracting from them. We came together in late February at ‘Growing Power’, a four-day hui run at a small farm in Oxford, Canterbury. Here, a group of 20 from across Aotearoa and beyond met and found common ground around food…

12 min.
your letters

COMPOSTING OR RECYCLING PACKAGING We live in Gisborne where organic produce at the supermarket is limited; all the organic fresh produce is on a small shelf in a corner of the fresh produce section of Pak’n’Save. Last time I checked, the organic fresh produce at Countdown was pretty much non-existent, save from the organic baby carrots imported from the USA. All the produce is packaged. Purefresh sells some of its produce in compostable packaging. While I originally welcomed the change to compostable packaging, I am not so sure about it any more. A couple of years ago, I bought cups made from corn for a party (Pams brand), thinking we could compost them once they had been used. To date they still look like plastic cups, and have been through three compost…

2 min.

Be in to win! Raglan Coconut Yoghurt Win the full range of Raglan Coconut Yoghurt! Three lucky readers will win a pack valued at $100+ containing one of each jar and one of each pouch from the range. Made from certified organic coconuts, Raglan Coconut Yoghurt is a delicious alternative to dairy yoghurt that’s better for the environment and tastes amazing. It’s 100% vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, preservative-free, and sweetened only with fruit (no refined sugar). To enter, tell us which flavour you’re most excited to try. If you’re on Facebook, please follow Raglan Coconut Yoghurt and Organic NZ. Note: for delivery, please provide a workplace address that is open during the day, because of chilling requirements. raglancoconutyoghurt.co.nz TranzAlpineHoney gift packs Celebrating 25 years of TranzAlpineHoney organic certification! Eight lucky winners will each receive a gift pack containing…

3 min.
scientists want glyphosate reassessed

Six leading New Zealand public health scientists have called for the withdrawal of the report by the New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) that concluded glyphosate was unlikely to be genotoxic or carcinogenic to humans. The scientists, from Massey University’s Centre for Public Health Research (CPHR), made the call in an article – ‘Carcinogenicity of glyphosate: Why is New Zealand’s EPA lost in the weeds?’ – published in the New Zealand Medical Journal in late March. They point out that the EPA’s process for evaluating the carcinogenicity of cancer was flawed and invalid, and with no mention of risk assessment or current glyphosate exposures in New Zealand. Responding to media, CPHR director Professor Jeroen Douwes called for the consideration of a ban for private and council use of glyphosate. The CPHR scientists…