Submission of the Soil & Health Association on the Emissions Reduction Plan

Submission of the Soil & Health Association on the Emissions Reduction Plan

Our submission focuses on agriculture and organic waste and states that more can be done, sooner, by supporting a faster transition to regenerative organic farming.  Emissions from organic waste and from agriculture can be managed down together, through conversion of farming to regenerative organic systems alongside better organic waste collection and processing for composting and…

Aotearoa New Zealand | Policy Proposals on healthy waterways: Are they fit for purpose?
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Aotearoa New Zealand | Policy Proposals on healthy waterways: Are they fit for purpose?

Excellent water quality is of paramount importance for our Treaty obligations, agriculture, tourism industry, health and sense of national identity. In September 2019 the Ministry for the Environment released its proposals for dealing with the crisis in our freshwater: Action for healthy waterways. While the document outlines possible ways of ‘reducing soil loss, reducing nutrient…

Hazardous substances assessments: Improving decision-making

Submission to the Ministry for the Environment: Date: September 20, 2019. Discussion Document: Hazardous substances assessments: Improving decision-making – A discussion document on proposed improvements to assessments and reassessments of hazardous substances.  Publication reference number:  ME 1426   The Soil & Health Association support the New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority (NZEPA) using a trusted regulator…

Submission on Draft District Plan for the New Plymouth District Council

Submission on Draft District Plan for the New Plymouth District Council

12th March 2018 New Plymouth District Council Submission on Draft District Plan for the New Plymouth District Council Introduction 1. The Soil & Health Association of New Zealand Inc. (“Soil & Health”) thanks the New Plymouth District Council for the opportunity to comment on the Draft New Plymouth District Plan (“Draft Plan”). This document is…

Submission on Proposed Regional Plan for Northland

Submission on Proposed Regional Plan for Northland

Introduction The Soil & Health Association of New Zealand Inc. (“Soil & Health”) is a charitable society registered under the Incorporated Societies Act 1908. It is the largest membership organization supporting organic food and farming in New Zealand and is one of the oldest organic organisations in the world, established in 1941. Soil & Health’s…

Natural Health & Supplementary Products Bill – Ministry of Health’s consultation paper ‘The Regulation of Natural Health Products’

Submission to: Ministry of Health Submission Author: Philippa Jamieson and Marion Thomson Friday, March 4, 2016 Submission on the Natural Health & Supplementary Products Bill Ministry of Health’s consultation paper ‘The Regulation of Natural Health Products’ TO: Natural Health Products Ministry of Health PO Box 5013 Wellington 6145 FROM: Soil & Health Association of…

Maori Party says no way to Nick Smith’s power grab
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Maori Party says no way to Nick Smith’s power grab

The Soil & Health Association congratulates the Maori Party for standing up for New Zealanders who want to live in a GE-Free community and saying no to Nick Smith’s attempt to ride roughshod over local democracy. “Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox has told the Environment Minister they will not support his attempts to regulate genetically…

Court ruling highlights the dangers of RMA reforms
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Court ruling highlights the dangers of RMA reforms

A new court ruling highlights how the Government’s RMA reforms will ride roughshod over public participation in resource management and the power of councils to regulate the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) within their territories, says Soil & Health Association chair Marion Thomson. On Friday the High Court rejected Federated Farmers’ bid to oppose…

Comprehensive New Review of Monsanto’s Glyphosate Underscores Urgent Need for Global Action
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Comprehensive New Review of Monsanto’s Glyphosate Underscores Urgent Need for Global Action

In a “state of the science” review released today, Pesticide Action Network (PAN) International presents a large body of research documenting the adverse human health and environmental impacts of glyphosate and glyphosate-based herbicides and underscores the need for these to be phased out globally. Environmental and health advocates say the monograph on the world’s most…

Submission on Food Safety Law Reform Bill  

Submission to: Committee Secretariat, Primary Production Submission Author: Mischa Davis Thursday, September 22, 2016   Submission on Food Safety Law Reform Bill   Introduction 1. The Soil & Health Association of New Zealand Inc. (Soil & Health) was incorporated under the Incorporated Societies Act 1908 on 4 December 1942. Soil & Health’s objectives broadly include soil health…

GE Free from the Bombays to Cape Reinga
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GE Free from the Bombays to Cape Reinga

GE Free Northland and the Soil & Health Association are celebrating the Far North and Whangarei District Councils’ decisions to retain precautionary and prohibitive genetically modified organisms (GMOs) provisions in their new District Plans.  This follows Auckland Council’s recent decision to retain similar precautionary and prohibitive GMO provisions in the new Unitary Plan.  The result…