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,…

Worried about ‘free-range’ chickens? Choose organic!
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Worried about ‘free-range’ chickens? Choose organic!

“The only way to ensure that the chickens you are eating are genuinely free range is to choose organic,” says Marion Wood, co-chair of the Soil & Health Association. “And what better time to start than during Organic Week which is right now.” She points out that there is no enforceable industry standard for free-range…

Law change can support organic dairy and revitalise waterways
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Law change can support organic dairy and revitalise waterways

Soil & Health want Fonterra to collect all certified and in transition to organic Fonterra milk and to pay a premium for it, irrespective of locality. “We want to see the Government better commit to organic dairy production and therefore more sustainable farming practices,” says Soil & Health National Council member and former Green Party…

Christmas comes early for the Organic Sector
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Christmas comes early for the Organic Sector

“This is an amazing Christmas present for the organic community and we’re delighted”, says Bailey Peryman, Co-Chairperson for the Soil & Health Association, welcoming the Government’s announcement to progress with a national standard for organic production next year. “People want clean, safe food, and are increasingly turning to organic foods and products but it’s difficult to be sure that they really are…

Health not herbicides: time to phase out glyphosate
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Health not herbicides: time to phase out glyphosate

Our public agencies must protect human health and ecosystems, and use rigorous independent science rather than industry data, says the Soil & Health Association. Soil & Health welcomes the release of a paper by the Green Party that exposes many flaws in an Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) report on glyphosate-based herbicides (such as Roundup). The…

GE potatoes set to sneak into our food
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GE potatoes set to sneak into our food

The Soil & Health Association has serious concerns about another GE food line being approved in New Zealand – this time for six food lines derived from potatoes. Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), the organisation that controls food approvals for New Zealand and Australia, is calling for submissions on an application to permit GE…

Celebrating 75 years of organics in NZ
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Celebrating 75 years of organics in NZ

Cutting an organic cake at Parliament today marked the 75th anniversary of the Soil & Health Association, one of the world’s oldest organic organisations. The cake ceremony was a highlight of the launch of the OANZ 2016 New Zealand Organic Market Report.   “We’re so proud to be part of a movement that is championing healthy…

Can we trust the label ‘organic’?
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Can we trust the label ‘organic’?

More than ever, consumers need to know they can trust food labels, but the word ‘organic’ is being misused by some producers. The Soil & Health Association is therefore disappointed that the Ministry for Primary Industries has abandoned discussions about the regulation of the word organic until 2017. “People want clean, safe food, and are…

Organic practices will improve water quality
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Organic practices will improve water quality

A shift towards organic farming practices and diversification is needed to protect and enhance our waterways and our economy, says the Soil & Health Association. The recently released report by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Jan Wright, shows that water quality is deteriorating, particularly in areas where there is expansion or intensification of dairy…

Local solutions needed to save orchards
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Local solutions needed to save orchards

“The demise of many established orchards throughout the country may create a short supply of fruit in coming years and increase prices,” says Debbie Swanwick, Spokesperson, Soil & Health – Organic NZ. “We need local solutions such as co-ops or community supported agriculture (CSA) models to ensure their survival.” The small profit margins received by…

Organic certification labeling the best available for consumer
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Organic certification labeling the best available for consumer

In New Zealand ‘certified’ organic food is the best labelling system available for the consumer,” says Debbie Swanwick, spokesperson, Soil & Health – Organic NZ. Her comments follow recent media attention around food labelling. Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye signed off changes to legislation this week that producers cannot claim health or nutritional value on…

Organic farmers cope better in drought
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Organic farmers cope better in drought

“The recent suggestion from Federated Farmers vice president William Rolleston to allow genetically engineered ryegrass into NZ to alleviate the drought is outrageous and factually inaccurate,” says Debbie Swanwick, spokesperson for Soil & Health – Organic NZ. “Rather than going down the risky GE path, farmers will do better using sustainable organic practices,” Swanwick says….

Consumer backlash shows 100% pure way forward for NZ economy
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Consumer backlash shows 100% pure way forward for NZ economy

Fonterra’s lack of transparency and the finding of dicyandiamide (DCD) residues in milk last September has caused a huge consumer backlash in international and financial markets. Consumers around the world want clean, green, 100% pure,GE-free and organic products.  Nw Zealand needs to embrace this and meet the demand, rather than continuing with environmentally damaging farming…

Organics the only way to ensure purity of food
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Organics the only way to ensure purity of food

“The failure of Proposition 37, the initiative requiring mandatory labeling of GMO’s, at the polls this week in California is a sad day for consumers” says Debbie Swanwick, Spokeperson for Soil & Health – Organic NZ. Over $45 million dollars was funded by big Agri Tech and corporate America to sway voters which resulted in…

Stanford ‘anti-organic’ study flawed
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Stanford ‘anti-organic’ study flawed

“The recently released study by Stanford University questioning the benefits of organic food is flawed and fails to identify some key reasons why people eat organically” says Debbie Swanwick, Spokesperson for Soil & Health – Organic NZ. The study which suggested the nutritional and health benefit of organics to be minimal has been criticised worldwide….