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…

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 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….

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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…

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…

Project Gro 2015 – COMMUNITY GARDEN – OPUNAKE HIGH SCHOOL
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Project Gro 2015 – COMMUNITY GARDEN – OPUNAKE HIGH SCHOOL

Thanks to the generous donations of Soil & Health members and supporters, the Project Gro fund has helped organic gardens in schools and communities around New Zealand. Our project is based in Opunake, Taranaki. Project Gro funds have meant we have been able to reinvigorate the community garden on Opunake High School land that was…

Project Gro 2015 – TERRACE END PLAYCENTRE – PALMERSTON NORTH
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Project Gro 2015 – TERRACE END PLAYCENTRE – PALMERSTON NORTH

Below are some photos of our Tamariki (children) and Larina planting our new fruit trees and some peas. We already had a Lemon tree but through Project Gro we have since been able to purchase a dual Apple tree, Grape and Passion Fruit vines, Guava, Loquat and Manderin tree which we all look forward to…

Project Gro 2015 – TEN ORGANIC FOOD GARDENS – TARANAKI
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Project Gro 2015 – TEN ORGANIC FOOD GARDENS – TARANAKI

In the past few years we have been working with whanau in Taranaki to establish Maara Kai at schools, Kohanga reo, marae and community gardens. Working closely with Hive Taranaki a local education provider for sustainability taught us that gardens are only as sustainable as the people working in them. The need for a mentoring…

Project Gro 2015 – BANK STREET COMMUNITY GARDEN, WHANGAREI
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Project Gro 2015 – BANK STREET COMMUNITY GARDEN, WHANGAREI

Soil & Health’s Project Gro funding enabled us to hook up a rainwater collection system to water the garden. We have turned a derelict block into a functioning garden, supplying food for us as well as for insects and the odd pukeko who likes to spread our nicely piled up compost around the garden. We…

Project Gro 2015 – ST JOSEPH’S CATHOLIC SCHOOL IN RANGIORA
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Project Gro 2015 – ST JOSEPH’S CATHOLIC SCHOOL IN RANGIORA

Our project was to erect six raised-bed planter boxes in the school grounds. Students had shown a keen interest in gardening and had a vegetable plot for several years in the backyard of the presbytery next door to the school. This worked well but was not ideal; it was difficult to supervise groups of students…