Methyl bromide decision equals toxic business as usual
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Methyl bromide decision equals toxic business as usual

The reassessment decision today by the Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA) of the toxic and ozone depleting fumigant methyl bromide, disappointingly means business as usual for the timber industry and exporter-importers for up to 10 years according to the Soil & Health Association of NZ.(1) Methyl bromide gas is used primarily as a pest control…

NZ food samples still stacked with pesticide residues
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NZ food samples still stacked with pesticide residues

Joint Media  Release: Pesticide Action Network Aotearoa New Zealand and Soil & Health Association of New  Zealand (Est. 1941), Publishers of ORGANIC NZ ——  —— Pesticide residues found in 93% of targeted fruit and vege samples Prohibited endosulfan again in cucumber samples 11 out of 23 Pak choi samples with residues exceeding allowable levels 26…

Pesticide Residues in Food – Worst Ever
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Pesticide Residues in Food – Worst Ever

The Food Safety Authority’s latest pesticide residue results are a nightmare: they are the worst results I have ever seen,” said Dr Meriel Watts of Pesticide Action Network Aotearoa New Zealand.(1) * Pesticide residues found in 94% of targeted fruit and vege samples * Prohibited endosulfan in 11 of 23 cucumber samples * Dangerous fungicide…

Picton Methyl Bromide Gas Release Risky Again
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Picton Methyl Bromide Gas Release Risky Again

The Picton community was tonight again at risk of methyl bromide fumigation gas exposure, as log fumigators in Shakespeare Bay released tons of the neurotoxic gas with light breeze flowing onto Picton according to eyewitnesses. Logs in the hold of the 170m ship Pontonostos and up to 20 stacks of wharfside logs have been fumigated…

Protest Against Methyl Bromide Gas Release
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Protest Against Methyl Bromide Gas Release

Protests beginning in Picton Friday April 23 against toxic methyl bromide fumigant gas being released into the environment are being co-ordinated nationally in respect of Workers Memorial Day on April 28. Guardians of the Sounds, Soil & Health Association of NZ and the Green Party have been campaigning in Picton for several years on the…

Bethells Herbicides and Taranakis 1080 A National Issue
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Bethells Herbicides and Taranakis 1080 A National Issue

The community concern over aerial spraying at Te Henga, near Bethells Beach, followed by a 1080 debacle in Taranaki is indicative of a much wider issue; the extra heavy use of chemicals throughout New Zealand and the lack of vision for a pesticide free environment, according to the Soil & Health Association of NZ. Soil…

Animal Cruelty Legislation Needs To Consider 1080 Effects
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Animal Cruelty Legislation Needs To Consider 1080 Effects

The Government needs to include the wilful cruelty associated of 1080 drops when considering the animal welfare bill the National caucus has agreed to fast track, according to the Soil & Health Association of New Zealand. Originally an intended private member’s bill of National MP Simon Bridges, the bill seeks to raise the maximum imprisonment…

Bethells Spraying Risks Environment and Community Effects
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Bethells Spraying Risks Environment and Community Effects

The intended helicopter spraying of crack willow with herbicide over 23 ha of wetland at Te Henga, near Bethells Beach, is another example of New Zealand’s use of crude chemical solutions without deep understanding of environmental risks, according to the Soil & Health Association of NZ. “At a time when aerial spraying of chemicals is…

NGO’s call for Diet drink’s aspartame to be dumped in favour of natural sweeteners
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NGO’s call for Diet drink’s aspartame to be dumped in favour of natural sweeteners

Safe food campaigning NGO’s are once again calling for drinks and foods containing artificial sweeteners to be taken out of supermarket trolleys and 2010 school tuck-shops. The Soil & Health Association of New Zealand and Safe Food Campaign point out that the sweetener aspartame in Diet drinks, and most sugar-free gums, is widely accepted to…

What We Want For Christmas – Strawberry Growers To Go Organic
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What We Want For Christmas – Strawberry Growers To Go Organic

Analysis of New Zealand Food Safety Authority (NZFSA) pesticide residue results out yesterday show strawberries laced with multiple residues and dodgy chicken take-aways in Auckland. (1) Samples of strawberries bought in late July and August in Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin and Napier, were tested along with 60 other food types as part of the NZFSA Total…

ERMAs Chemical Cowboy Approach To Methyl Bromide Branded Reckless
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ERMAs Chemical Cowboy Approach To Methyl Bromide Branded Reckless

ERMA’s methyl bromide control recommendations, released yesterday, are among the most reckless in the world with little regard for human and environmental safety, according to the Soil & Health Association of NZ. (1) “Releasing a gas that seriously depletes our ozone layer and is a known neurotoxin, and allowing bystanders to be as close as…

Port Marlboroughs Independent Fumigation Monitoring A Sham
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Port Marlboroughs Independent Fumigation Monitoring A Sham

Port Marlborough’s sole owner, the Marlborough District Council, should take a leaf out of Taupo District Council’s book and ban aerial 1080 drops, but also immediately ban the release to air of tonnes of methyl bromide gas, according to the Soil & Health Association of New Zealand. “This weekend’s release of several tonnes of the…

Marlborough Needs To Clean Up Its Air
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Marlborough Needs To Clean Up Its Air

The Marlborough District Council and its subsidiary company Port Marlborough need to commit to a ban on the release to air of methyl bromide log fumigants, at least until the Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA) has completed its reassessment of the neurotoxic gas next year, according to the Soil & Health Association. The Marlborough District…

Pesticide residues in food shows need for organics
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Pesticide residues in food shows need for organics

Pesticide residues in the New Zealand diet are being downplayed by the New Zealand Food Safety Authority (NZFSA), according to two advocacy groups. The comments of the Soil & Health Association of NZ and of Pesticide Action Network Aotearoa New Zealand (PAN) follow analysis of two food study results released by the NZFSA. “The method…

Proposed Amendment to the New Zealand Folic Acid Standard
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Proposed Amendment to the New Zealand Folic Acid Standard

The Soil & Health Association of New Zealand Inc remains supportive of the position of the existing Standard to exempt organic bread from mandatory fortification with folic acid. Soil & Health remains opposed to the mandatory fortification of all bread, but is pleased that the integrity of organics was supported by then Food Safety Minister…

NZ Pesticide Use / Cancer Link Shows Need For Support
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NZ Pesticide Use / Cancer Link Shows Need For Support

Two recent studies linking agricultural chemical use to increased bone marrow malignancies show the need for greater government investment into organic agriculture according to the Soil & Health Association of NZ. Both studies released this month implicate pesticides used in New Zealand, and Soil & Health urgently wants further studies to focus on the commonly…

Picton Fumigators Will Fail Safety & Indian Requirements
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Picton Fumigators Will Fail Safety & Indian Requirements

The log ship Pos Brave currently being loaded at Port Marlborough’s Shakespeare Bay is intended to be fumigated along with log stacks under tarpaulins, using several tonnes of toxic ozone depleting methyl bromide gas, although a Department of Labour inquiry into how a tarpaulin came loose during the last fumigation is unfinished, according to the…

NZ Free Range Pigs Farmers Deserve CoOL Support
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NZ Free Range Pigs Farmers Deserve CoOL Support

New Zealand pig farmers that are practising humane free-range animal management practices deserve the benefit of Mandatory Country of Origin Labelling (McoOL), and inhumane farmers need further ‘outing’ following SAFE’s expose of intensive pig farming, according to the Soil & Health Association of NZ. “Good clear labelling on animal products including pork that shows the…

GE Ingredients In Inghams Chicken Feed
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GE Ingredients In Inghams Chicken Feed

Inghams advertisements are misleading the public by claiming that their chicken products have no genetically modified ingredients, according to the Soil & Health Association of NZ. “Inghams are taking huge advantage of consumer resistance to GE foods by making GM free claims in television and print advertising, yet hidden well away on their website in…

Port Marlboroughs Monitoring of Methyl Bromide Failed
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Port Marlboroughs Monitoring of Methyl Bromide Failed

Methyl bromide fumigation leakage at Picton two weeks ago has shown that the on site monitoring systems employed by Port Marlborough are unable to protect the public, according to the Soil & Health Association of NZ. Soil & Health are concerned that further fumigations may take place before adequate safeguards are in place and are…