Health & Fitness
Organic NZ

Organic NZ September - October 2019

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
Read More
SPECIAL: Save 40% on your subscription!
6 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
bring on spring!

Welcome to our spring issue! Brush up on seed-sowing, try out the delicious recipes, and be inspired by the stories of organic gardeners, farmers and producers. As I’m writing this, a media release arrived from the Vegan Society, challenging people to go dairy-free for International Plant Milk Day on 22 August. Increasing numbers of people are going vegan – or at least reducing their consumption of animal products – for various reasons including animal rights, health, environmental and climate change. This shift is one of many challenges for New Zealand meat, dairy and poultry farmers. There are many things to consider here; it’s not simply a black-and-white situation of plants = good, and animals = bad. Is an imported, highly processed and packaged, genetically engineered vegan product better than organically produced cow’s…

2 min.
we need your help for healthy soils, healthy food and healthy people

We need your help. This year Soil & Health is campaigning to phase out glyphosate from our food, streets and parks, and our 2019 annual appeal is focused on this. Please consider making a donation to our appeal, and tell others about our work. More details about the campaign and how you can donate are on page 10, and on our website at organicnz.org.nz/make-a-donation. I’m writing this in Fair Trade Fortnight, thinking about a presentation I’m about to give on the links between fair trade and organics. It will be a university audience and I’m guessing their main concern will be climate change. They were born long after the so-called Green Revolution of the 1970s, but that was the point when the world’s farming changed in a way that paved the way for…

5 min.
your letters

WINNING LETTER GROWING THE ORGANIC MOVEMENT We have been promoting and trying to persuade the government of this country to take up the organic movement for decades. I think I can safely say it has been an uphill battle and one which we are still fighting. Personally I think we need to place more resources and energy towards the consumer. No government has ever changed their course unless a movement has been created from the ground up. It is a numbers game, and only people power can force the necessary changes. One of our biggest problems is funding – there is never enough. This leads me to thinking about what we do best as a group, and for me that is ‘sharing our knowledge’, but where and how can we achieve this? I envisage the…

3 min.
tai tokerau 2050

Imagine this. We have dodged the climate crisis bullet. We have arrived at 2050 and there is sufficient evidence that carbon drawdown is happening and we have stalled global warming. Looking back, we only could have achieved it with a series of transformations. Tai Tokerau [Northland] was heavily dependent on commodity exports. We found that a big part of the solution to reduce emissions and to sequester carbon was in our food systems (www.drawdown.org/solutions/food) and in the way we use land (www.drawdown.org/solutions/land-use). So we had to transform our food systems, our economy and our communities to transform our landscapes – and we made landscapes that people had reasons to be in. The landscape is now a mosaic of diversity. The awkward patchwork of pines, native forest and pasture has softened as we…

3 min.

Seleno Health maca prize pack Wow! Win a super pack of maca products from Seleno Health valued at $365. The pack contains one of each of the following: maca for women, maca for men, atomised black maca, atomised red maca, chocolate maca, yellow organic maca and a maca book. Seleno Health is a family business from Wellington run by Dr Corin Storkey and Sally Huapaya. They live and work with a small farming community in the mountains of Peru and bring ethically sourced maca direct from farm to table. Maca is a medicinal root vegetable that can assist with balancing hormones and regulating the body against stress-related conditions. Read more about Seleno Health on page 16, and check out their website. www.selenohealth.com Wild and Free balms Be in to win! Five lucky readers will…

2 min.
help us create a safer, healthier, organic nz!

Soil & Health is campaigning to phase out glyphosate from our food, streets and parks, and our 2019 annual appeal is focused on this. Can you help? We will also advocate setting standards to stop similarly toxic herbicides taking the place of glyphosate in future, and close up the gaps in regulatory risk assessment for pesticides in general (including herbicides). Glyphosate-based herbicides (GBHs) such as Roundup are the most heavily used herbicides in Aotearoa New Zealand – and use is increasing. The damaging effects of pesticides, including GBHs, on soil and human health have been a major concern to Soil & Health for decades. Evidence continues to accumulate that GBHs pose multiple health risks, including cancer and hormone disruption, and effects can be transmitted through sperm to grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Recent court cases…