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Organic NZ Jan/Feb 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.

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New Zealand
Language:
English
Publisher:
Soil & Health Association of NZ Inc
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our people

Florence Lundon-Moore Florence joined the Organic NZ team in November 2018 as Soil & Health’s administration coordinator. She is passionate about sustainable healthy living and is looking forward to gaining greater insights into the far-reaching benefits of an organic lifestyle. She was born in England and moved to a lifestyle block in New Plymouth when she was nine. She loves the outdoors and has spent the past six summers as a lifeguard on New Zealand’s stunning beaches. Florence is in her final year of studying law at Victoria University of Wellington. She is taking an environmental law paper this summer and is excited to learn about pressing environmental issues from a legal perspective.…

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kia ora whanau!

It’s been a big couple of months for Soil & Health, continuing to work away very successfully at the local and regional council level to protect against release of GMOs into the environment. Check out the report from our policy advisor, Mischa Davis, on page 58. A huge thank you to everyone who has donated to our annual appeal to help continue our vital work – we couldn’t do it without you! Remember Soil & Health is a registered charity and donations above $5 are tax deductible. As individuals and as a movement for an organic Aotearoa New Zealand, we’re connected to a huge amount of great work happening at the grassroots. It feels like we’re doing our best impression of a fungal network about to mushroom up into the mainstream with…

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ge: through a telescope, backwards

Retired government science advisor Peter Gluckman came out – once again – pushing for GE in agricultural food production. He spoke of ‘opportunities’, and New Zealand agriculture ‘being left behind’. Minister David Parker to his credit responded by referring to the beneficial commercial position of being GE-free. It never ceases to amaze me how lacking in strategic vision many technocrats are. Look, I can do this clever thing, and corporates will pay us, so let’s do it. No need for wider considerations outside our bounded map of the world, because there be dragons: mysterious things like strategy, markets, power dynamics, the environment and public interest. Objections coming from that wider map are often labelled ‘anti-science’, and that any contradiction is ‘uninformed’. Which is a bit synonymous with ‘thick as a brick’. Thanks. As…

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your letters

Email: editor@organicnz.org.nz Post: PO Box 9693, Marion Square, Wellington, 6141. WINNING LETTER COMPOSTABLE BAGS, CUPS ETC. Recently we opened a small coffee shop and specialty produce shop just out of Whangarei. We feel that it is important to support the health of our bodies and our environment, and to do our bit towards this we only use compostable checkout bags, prepack bags, cups, trays and cutlery. We also of course have waste coffee grounds and produce waste from the shop. Our problem is that our city (Whangarei) does not have a commercial composting facility, so we would like to work out ways of keeping our compostable waste out of landfill and return it to the earth by spreading the broken down matter under the orchard trees that are part of our shop property. I am trying…

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competitions

Be in to win! The Furnace: sustainable art maps Win an exquisite sustainable art map worth $480 from Wellington design company The Furnace! The winner will choose a map from the current ‘medium sized’ range. Husband and wife team Aran and Maeve make beautiful, affordable, ecofriendly artwork. Their high quality 3D art maps depict the topography of New Zealand in layers of sustainable bamboo ply, framed in Forest Stewardship certified timber frames and hand-painted with eco-friendly dyes. All maps are fully customisable and they also produce bespoke maps to order. The Furnace’s ‘cradle to grave’ sustainability starts with the selection of materials, the processes of making those materials, how the item is assembled, packaged, shipped, and the life of the artwork. www.thefurnace.co.nz Liberty Market organic gift packs Go in the draw for one of three organic gift…

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news

Country of origin food labelling law passed Soil & Health welcomes the passing into law of the Consumers’ Right to Know (Country of Origin of Food) Bill, but says consumers need even greater transparency. The Bill, which requires singleingredient foods to carry country-of-origin labelling, passed in Parliament with near unanimous support in November. While footwear and clothing must be identified where they’re from, until now country of origin of food labelling has only been voluntary in New Zealand. The Bill was a first introduced in 2016 by then MP, and now Soil & Health National Council member, Steffan Browning, as a Green Party Member’s bill. Soil & Health has been campaigning on this issue for over a decade – Mr Browning took it up as Soil & Health spokesperson before he became an…

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