Health & Fitness
Organic NZ

Organic NZ Nov/Dec 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

3 min.
greetings from the chair!

This has been a fantastic time for New Zealand but also a disaster. Federated Farmers have withdrawn their appeal against the Environment Court’s decision to leave local councils with the jurisdiction to determine whether to allow GE in their region. This was not a triumph of good sense, but a recognition that apparently Federated Farmers could not express the law in a way that a judge would accept. These are my people (farmers), and I remain distressed at the appalling leadership that puts our communities at loggerheads with those that provide the nation’s food and a fair chunk of our export receipts, along with significant employment. As for the environmental challenges, these are quite fixable any time we feel like changing farming practices. Farmers have demonstrated time and again that we can adapt…

3 min.
making a beeline for wild weeds

On the eve of the magazine deadline, while writing the piece about For the Love of Bees (page 56), I suddenly became aware of a loud buzzing. Talk about synchronicity. Thousands of honeybees were flying around wildly outside, and some flew in the open window. A couple of phone calls later and a local beekeeper arrived to catch the swarm, which had (thankfully) flown away from the house and settled on a tree next door. I watched with neighbours as the beekeeper brushed the swarm into a cardboard carton, and shook the tree to get the stragglers out. I’m thinking of renaming that severe word ‘deadline’. What do you think of ‘beeline’? Report card time. Some readers may remember that I took up a ninemonth alcohol-free challenge, at the suggestion of two of…

3 min.
winning letter

ANIMAL WELFARE The Sept/Oct issue of Organic NZ had another story about organic milk production. I suspect many people who consume organic milk assume (as I used to) that the welfare of the animals is paramount in an organic system, and that the atrocities of conventional dairy farming do not happen on an organic farm. In most cases however, sadly they do. Calves are still removed from their mothers at only a few days old, leaving the mothers and the babies distraught. The male calves are still loaded on the same bobby trucks as conventional farms for slaughter as unwanted and unproductive items. These facts are not mentioned at all in your articles on milk production, which seems as much ‘whitewashed marketing’ as any dairy advertisement. In the same issue another article about…

8 min.
your letters

Email:editor@organicnz.org.nz Post: PO Box 9693, Marion Square, Wellington, 6141. HOLISTIC TOOTH FAIRY I was about to look for library books on maintaining my teeth, when the first thing I chanced upon was Meliors Simms’ article in the July/August issue of Organic NZ on the Holistic Tooth Fairy. Useful and timely – thanks! Mike Hamblyn Dunedin MARIGOLDS DETER WHITEFLIES Regarding Matt Price’s letter (Organic NZ Sept/Oct) asking for whitefly solutions, I have found huge success at minimal cost using marigold plants in my greenhouse (not the calendula type, but French or African). I prefer the shorter French type as it grows nicely at the foot of my tomatoes and capsicums without occupying valuable space. Each year I allow them to go to seed and for the next season they germinate in situ. It appears the scent is hugely…

3 min.

Be in to win! Daily Organics kombucha Wow! Ten lucky readers will each win 12 bottles of Daily Organics premium kombucha in a crate (valued at $75 each). Daily Organics is a microbrewery producing small batch, traditional, authentic kombucha that’s certified organic by BioGro. Everything from brew to bottle is done in-house in Matakana. Kombucha is a delicious probiotic drink that helps digestion and promotes a healthy gut, which can improve your immune system. Daily Organics brew three flavours, Original, Winter and Summer, all bottled in amber glass to protect against UV rays. Driven to be pure, simple and organic in all aspects of their business, Daily Organics strive to make the best-tasting and highest quality kombucha you can buy. Good luck! www.dailyorganics.com Viola Organics gift boxes Win one of three lovely Viola Organics gift boxes,…

2 min.
food regulator ignores health risks of ge potatoes

New Zealanders could soon be eating crisps and hot chips made from GE potatoes, with little idea of the possible health risks from genetic engineering. Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), which recently approved six new lines of GE potatoes for human consumption, has breached its duty of care to consumers, says the Soil & Health Association. “FSANZ has a legal requirement to protect the health and safety of people in Australia and New Zealand through the maintenance of a safe food supply,” said Soil & Health chair Graham Clarke. “By approving these potato lines without sufficient evidence to prove that they are safe to eat, FSANZ has effectively breached this legal requirement.” In September the trans-Tasman food regulator approved the sale of food derived from potatoes that have been genetically engineered…