Health & Fitness
Organic NZ

Organic NZ May/June 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.

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Soil & Health Association of NZ Inc
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Published by the Soil & Health Association of NZ Inc. Kia ora koutou! Autumn – my favourite time of the year: a time for reflection and review, a time to capture what has and hasn’t worked and to use this wisdom in plans for the future. This is relevant across many aspects of life, but more specifically here in the realm of food. How can we become more successful at growing food, how can we become real ambassadors and champions of safe food, GE-free food and of the organic movement? The organic community and those who actively advocate for a GE-free New Zealand have been on tenterhooks these last two months whilst the RLA (Resource Legislation Amendment) Bill readings have been heard and amended. We acknowledge and extend our heartfelt thanks to the…

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our people

In 2011 Trudy graduated from the Bay of Plenty School of Homeopathy – a journey of six years that opened her eyes up to the amounts of (unnecessary) toxins in the world, and which set her on a path to try to avoid as many as possible. Organics is a natural part of this, whether feeding her family, growing food, buying clothing or maintaining health. Having always been a quiet writer, in 2016 she began a freelance career in communications services, particularly with companies and not-for-profit organisations who share her values of giving back more than they take. Trudy juggles her business writing around unschooling her children and writing a novel. Read her first article in Organic NZ on page 18.…

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absolutely, awesomely organic!

Thank you for being part of the absolutely awesome organic community! I’m constantly in awe of the efforts and enthusiasm of Organic NZ contributors and the people they’re writing about, and buoyed by the feedback via letters to the editor, phone calls and lively conversations on our Facebook page. For example, a supporter wrote on Facebook recently: This is about the only ethical and honest magazine in New Zealand I reckon! And this came into my inbox the other day: We are loving Organic NZ, it’s keeping us feeling less alone with our choices. All of this gives me hope in the face of adversity – and makes for a stimulating and enjoyable task editing the magazine and communicating with everyone involved. We’re proud to have John Bostock as our ‘cover boy’!…

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your letters

WINNING LETTER THE SHOCK FACTOR OF NONORGANIC GROWING I loved your March/April edition, and this has inspired me to finally write a letter in. As a fellow commercial organic grower, I take my farm hat off to Shaun McVicker of Wairuna Organics, Otago. Really inspired to keep the availability of organic plant food in people’s diets. I truly feel the TIME IS NOW with URGENCY to get more information out there to the consumer of the truths about ‘conventional’ vegetable growing. Having avoided ‘putting down’ another system, and keeping on growing organically and sharing truths about this system, I feel a sense of urgency upon us. Urgency to educate. The consumer may or may not know about what they are eating. Look at the success of the ‘not tested on animals’ campaign, where…

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Be in to win! KoruKai Natural Herbal Products With the change of seasons, and winter coming up, it’s good to have some natural remedies on hand to ward off colds and flus and help keep you fighting fit. Be in to win one of four packs of KoruKai Natural Herbal Products: two children’s packs (each containing KoruKai Elderberry Syrup, Chest Ease, and Immune Boost Tea), and two adults’ packs (each containing KoruKai Health Elixir, Throat Spray and Immune Boost Tea). The herbs used are organically grown and handpicked on Banks Peninsula, and the products made on site. Other ingredients are mostly certified organic and sourced within New Zealand where possible. korukai.co.nz Ethique plastic-free body care bars Win one of six fabulous packages from Ethique – there are two of each of these packs: • Jasmine Ylang Ylang…

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ge-free zones: safe for now

The Soil & Health Association welcomes a change to the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill regarding genetic engineering, but says it still does not go far enough. The controversial Resource Legislation Amendment (RLA) Bill passed its third and final reading in Parliament on 6 April, meaning it will now become law. “We are pleased that the Māori Party has stood strong on their promises not to support the changes that would have allowed the Minister to strike out GEfree zones. We commend the Māori Party for this,” said Soil & Health chair Marion Thomson. One of New Zealand’s largest growers, John Bostock, says this is a victory for the GE-free campaign. “We are working hard to protect Hawke’s Bay’s GM-free status because it is such a huge economic opportunity for our high value agricultural…