Health & Fitness
Organic NZ

Organic NZ November - December 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
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6 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
hope for the future

Kia ora e hoa mā. Recently I marched in the School Strike for Climate following my children who were there in support of their children. I’ve marched for many causes before but I cannot remember one that carried these numbers, or that was so strongly supported by bystanders. 170,000 people marched throughout Aotearoa; that’s 3.5% of the population, which is apparently the tipping point for change. We need to give our courageous kids hope for their future and we can. Regenerative organic farming is a part of the solution and it also addresses the loss of biodiversity that we’re facing. This was the message in our submission to government on the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill. We’ve also been preparing a submission on a national direction for healthy waterways. While…

2 min.
the organic, regenerative, biological, agroecological, biodynamic, permaculture revolution!

What’s in a name? Names of movements may come and go with trends and fads, but those organic movements, practices and concepts that have depth and relevance remain. When Soil & Health was established in 1941 – as the Humic Compost Club – ‘organic’ wasn’t used as we use it today. But our motto, ‘healthy soil – healthy food – healthy people’ is timeless. For many decades, biological has been a popular and useful descriptor of farming and gardening that is all about biology, with a focus on soil biology – the phenomenal world beneath our feet that supports aboveground life. In recent years ‘biological’ has been a more inclusive concept for some farmers moving away from synthetic fertilisers and improving soil biology, but not yet certified organic, or not aiming for certification. Organic…

9 min.
your letters

Email: editor@organicnz.org.nz Post: PO Box 9693, Marion Square, Wellington, 6141. WINNING LETTER VOLCANIC VEGES I really enjoy reading Organic NZ – it’s a great and informative magazine. It’s encouraging to read about wonderful people growing organically, and the tips and advice articles are most useful. Having recently moved to Whangarei and discovering the wonderful volcanic soil on our property I am motivated again to grow as much of our food as possible. I took the risk and planted vegetables in March after the move and we still have an abundance of leafy greens and the biggest rhubarb plant I’ve ever had – right through winter! In late May, after having collected and dug in sheep dung from our hill paddock after the neighbour moved his sheep out, I planted broccoli seedlings. Now we’re feasting on…

3 min.

Yates organic gardening sets Win one of three Yates gardening sets for growing organic gardens at your place! Each set includes Yates Nature’s Way Organic Seed Raising Mix to supercharge your seeds, encouraging germination and establishing strong growth – with renewable composted bark, plant material, slow-release nutrients, seaweed and trace elements – all sourced in New Zealand to feed your seedlings for up to four months. Also included are five seed packs from the Yates organic seed range. Plus, protect your garden with a selection of Yates Nature’s Way sprays, all certified by BioGro NZ as inputs for organic gardening. These include Yates Nature’s Way Citrus, Vegie & Ornamental spray, which controls chewing and sucking insects, caterpillars, aphids, mites and more on fruit trees, veges and flowers. allergytest.co.nz Ever wondered if you’re allergic or intolerant…

2 min.
advocacy on climate change, fresh water and hazardous substances

On behalf of members, Soil & Health has recently made three submissions. One was on climate change, written by National Council member Jenny Lux – read more about this in the article on page 12. The other two submissions were on the Freshwater Action Plan, and on hazardous substances reassessments; this work has been led by National Council member Jodie Bruning. Fresh water Soil & Health and Physicians for Global Responsibility (PSGR) have jointly prepared a submission to the Freshwater Action Plan. The Plan considers only three pollutants (E. coli, nitrogen and sediment); a major omission is diffuse chemical pollution of waterways. Our submission argued for national standards that require monitoring of diffuse pollutants (rather than dependence on ad hoc regional approaches that are vulnerable to political pressures), and that ensure that water pollution…

1 min.
janet luke 1969–2019

Organic NZ was sad to hear of the passing of Janet Luke in September, from motor neurone disease. Janet, based in Havelock North, was an inspiration to many. She started up Green Urban Living, through which she organised workshops on organic and permaculture topics, published information and sold her books. She wrote several articles for Organic NZ, including about keeping rabbits and quails, top bar beehives, growing oyster mushrooms, natural pest control for chickens, and how to build an adobe pizza oven. Janet made a particular contribution to natural beekeeping in New Zealand, including organising conferences with the Save Our Bees trust. She was a passionate advocate of top bar beehives for hobby beekeepers. She demonstrated to officials that top bar hives could be inspected for American foulbrood and maintained they were…