2022 AGM of the Soil & Health Association

2022 AGM of the Soil & Health Association

Event details The 2022 AGM was held in Wellington on September 24th as part of a two-day event with Organics Aotearoa New Zealand (23-24 September) The AGM began at 9.15am at the Prefab Hall, 14 Jessie Street, Te Aro, Wellington Virtual attendance (via Zoom) was combined with in-person attendance Draft minutes The draft minutes of…

Wake-up call on the environmental and human health harms of toxic agrichemicals
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Wake-up call on the environmental and human health harms of toxic agrichemicals

The Soil & Health Association is welcoming last week’s “Knowing what’s out there” report by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment. The report criticises New Zealand’s lack of monitoring and regulation of environmental harm from chemicals.

Submission of the Soil & Health Association on definitions for gene technology and new breeding techniques

Submission of the Soil & Health Association on definitions for gene technology and new breeding techniques

The Soil & Health Association welcomes the opportunity to submit on this proposal to revise and update the definitions in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (the Code) for ‘food produced using gene technology’ and ‘gene technology’, to make them clearer and to better reflect existing and emerging genetic technologies, including new breeding techniques…

Soil & Health joins call for immediate action on farming emissions
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Soil & Health joins call for immediate action on farming emissions

The Soil & Health Association is joining other environmental groups calling for immediate action to tackle farming emissions.  Consultation on the government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan closes today and environmental groups are united in calling for stronger action. “It’s unacceptable that agriculture, our largest emitting sector, is the least developed and most poorly explained aspect…

Glyphosate risk assessment urgently needed
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Glyphosate risk assessment urgently needed

The New Zealand Environmental Protection Agency’s call for information on the use of glyphosate in Aotearoa is a missed opportunity to properly risk assess the substance says Jodie Bruning, spokesperson for the Soil & Health Association. Today the EPA extended the process for a second time. Submissions were due to close today but now close…

Bayer Fails to Overturn European Ban on Bee-Harming Pesticides
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Bayer Fails to Overturn European Ban on Bee-Harming Pesticides

The European Union’s highest court has rejected Bayer’s bid to overturn a European law which heavily restricted the use of bee-harming pesticides. In 2013 the European Union banned neonicotinoid, or ‘neonic’ use on bee-attractive crops. In 2018 the ban was extended to use on all outdoor crops, including annual arable crops, cereals and horticultural crops. The General Court decision, released Thursday, is…

Japanese glyphosate scare highlights lack of regulation in New Zealand
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Japanese glyphosate scare highlights lack of regulation in New Zealand

A blasé approach to glyphosate regulation in New Zealand threatens our international reputation and poses a risk to New Zealand consumers, Soil & Health Association spokesperson Jodie Bruning said today. “Japanese authorities have now rejected five shipments of glyphosate-contaminated honey from New Zealand’. “New Zealand needs to take glyphosate contamination seriously. The International Agency for Cancer…

Climate Commission draft advice to government, Autumn 2021

Climate Commission draft advice to government, Autumn 2021

Summary of our submission In general we support the spirit of this first Climate Change Commission (CCC) report, but we want strong and decisive action, and we want it more quickly than the report recommends. We think that the Commission’s proposed budgets need to be substantially enhanced to create greater emissions reductions over the next…

Concerns remain on improved Organic Products Bill 
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Concerns remain on improved Organic Products Bill 

Concerns for the future of New Zealand’s domestic organic industry have dampened enthusiasm for the Organic Products Bill which returned from Select Committee with some significant and useful changes, says the Soil & Health Association. “We represent the thousands of people buying, growing and selling organic products,” says Soil & Health’s general manager Pete Huggins….

Climate advice means government should support transition to organic, regenerative farming
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Climate advice means government should support transition to organic, regenerative farming

Today’s Climate Commission advice shows we need a transition from synthetic fertilisers and other harmful practices towards organic and regenerative agriculture, said Soil & Health Association spokesperson Jenny Lux today. “Organic regenerative farming is a huge opportunity for New Zealand, both economically and environmentally. Early movers have shown that we can make that shift rapidly….

Green Party organics policy adds vital ingredient to national debate on the environment
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Green Party organics policy adds vital ingredient to national debate on the environment

“It’s encouraging to see the Green Party reinforce their commitment to organic agriculture from their position in government,” says Jenny Lux, spokesperson for the Soil & Health Association, New Zealand’s largest organic membership organisation. “We’d like to see all political parties exploring the opportunities regenerative organic agriculture offers in terms of environmental protection, healthy food,…

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Soil4Climate breaks new ground in Wellington

Words by Marion Wood, Chairperson, Soil & Health Association of Aotearoa New Zealand   Did you know there’s triple the amount of carbon in soil worldwide as there is in the atmosphere? This was one of many ‘wow’ moments from the launch of Soil4Climate during Organic Week 2020.   About Soil4Climate Soil4Climate will do several…

Soil & Health launches glyphosate campaign
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Soil & Health launches glyphosate campaign

The Soil and Health Association are calling for councils to stop spraying glyphosate to keep New Zealand families safe. ‘The public increasingly understand that it is no longer acceptable to be exposed to glyphosate-based herbicides,’ says Soil & Health spokesperson Jodie Bruning, We are working with US based Non-Toxic Neighbourhoods who have had significant success…

Kiwis exposed to health risks from weedkiller
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Kiwis exposed to health risks from weedkiller

The Soil & Health Association has welcomed Bayer’s announcement of US$10 billion in payouts to tens of thousands of claimants in the US who allege exposure to Roundup herbicide caused their cancer. “But here in New Zealand, we have an untenable situation where glyphosate-based herbicides are sprayed broadly in urban environments, and on human food…

The Organic Products Bill

The Organic Products Bill

Summary of our submission The Soil & Health Association is focused on the following 10 points: ‘Organic’ is not defined in the Bill and is therefore open to misinterpretation. We propose that the full IFOAM definition and principles of organic agriculture be written into the Bill. Exclusion of GMOs: The use of genetic modification is…

The organic community mourns Jeanette Fitzsimons
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The organic community mourns Jeanette Fitzsimons

6 March 2020 The Soil & Health Association expresses deep condolences to the family and friends of Jeanette Fitzsimons. Among Jeanette’s many roles, she was a patron of Soil & Health for several years. “Jeanette gave wise counsel and was a champion for the organic cause,” said Marion Wood, chair of Soil & Health. “She…