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Organic NZ

Organic NZ January - February 2020

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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in this issue

2 min.
solutions to climate change

Published by the Soil & Health Association of NZ Inc. This year has seen a seismic shift in the way people are thinking about climate change – it’s no longer out there somewhere but right here and right now. I recently went to see the film 2040. It’s made by a father for his four-year-old daughter and it brings a ‘can do’ approach to the daunting challenges that face us by concentrating on solutions that are available today. One of these solutions is organic regenerative agriculture – and it is surely no co-incidence that the acronym for this is ORA – life. For nearly 80 years the Soil & Health Association has been promoting organic growing practices in every possible way and this issue of Organic NZ follows in this tradition. We have…

2 min.
attention please!

What do you think of the cover of this magazine? Arresting? Confronting? Alarming? Something else? Whatever it was, we hope it made you look – and think. When considering cover images, we’re looking to attract those of you who buy the magazine from a retailer. Our loyal subscribers get the magazine anyway – thank you! – although of course the covers have to be in keeping with our ethos. This bold cover is sitting on shop shelves amongst other magazines that no doubt feature gorgeous and stylish Christmas themes, or light, bright summery images. Will readers want to pop a suited-up spray contractor into their shopping basket or trolley along with their festive goodies? When choosing some summer holiday reading, will they think this might be a bit heavy, and opt for…

1 min.
something to crow about!

Just letting you know we love your magazine, and our eight-year-old, Eden, was looking over some old volumes and couldn’t help but draw the cover of Organic NZ volume 75 number 3 (May/June 2016). We thought you may like to see how you reach the younger generation as well as the older. Hamish and Dawn Fryer Waipu Thank you so much – that has made our day. It’s a very handsome rooster, and great to see some additional farmyard background in the drawing. We love getting photos and drawings from readers. Keep up the great work, Eden! – Ed.] This month’s winning letter writers (and illustrator) are Hamish, Dawn and Eden Fryer. Congratulations! You receive a $50 voucher to spend on your choice of delicious, nutritious organic Purebread products. purebread.co.nz…

8 min.
your letters

Email: editor@organicnz.org.nz Post: PO Box 9693, Marion Square, Wellington, 6141. PRAISE FOR ORGANIC NZ VIA FACEBOOK • Great magazine – always something relevant in it and lots of good reading – veritable mine of information. Thanks for your hard work. – Robin Furley• Just got mine – looking forward to a cuppa and a good read. – Susan Lucas• SO fantastic, looking forward to getting hold of a copy. – Nicole Masters• Loved this issue. Nice work, team! – Anissa Ljanta• Great issue, thanks – enjoyed every page! – Sarah Walker AIRLINE SPRAYS I’m not sure how many of Organic NZ readers are aware that every aircraft that arrives in New Zealand is subjected to some form of pest control. Gone are the days when cabin crew walked down the aisle with two spray cans…

2 min.

Organic Crop Protectants Soil Improver sets Brand new! Australia’s leading commercial and home garden organic range is finally available in New Zealand. Win one of six Organic Crop Protectants’ Soil Improver sets. Each set includes eco-flo lime concentrate to rapidly correct acidic soils – the liquid formulation works faster than powdered lime. Each 500 ml bottle treats up to 200m2 and is as effective as 20 kg of powdered lime! The set also includes eco-flo gypsum hose-on and concentrate which quickly break up compacted clay soils and improve drainage – plus they boost calcium, sulphur and carbon for better fruit, veges and flowers. The eco-flo gypsum hose-on treats up to 800m2 of soil and is as effective as 80 kg of powdered gypsum! Find out more at ecoorganicgarden.co.nz Inca Fé organic coffee When you gift a…

2 min.
taking on the glyphosate leviathan

When a chemical compound is found to be harmful, the scientific evidence (often achingly slowly) accumulates, becoming a force. This force – with the help of a concerned public – gradually breaks down the barriers of corporate science used by regulatory agencies to traditionally ‘prove’ safety. These court cases have permitted a ‘discovery’ process, which has uncovered a barrage of documents exposing how aggressively Monsanto worked with industry and PR agencies to distort and discredit the determination made by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) that glyphosate formulations probably cause cancer – all in the name of selling more herbicide. The international evidence demonstrates that it is time that our councils, the NZTA and the NZ EPA acknowledge the independent science, which shows that glyphosate formulations not only cause cancer,…