Crop Swap Taranaki
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Crop Swap Taranaki

Franziska von Hünerbein writes about a movement that’s about sharing excess produce, community connection, and so much more. It all began with a tree, a big lemon tree full of bright juicy fruit. There it was, radiating beauty and offering abundance – unfortunately not to us, as it was growing in a neighbour’s garden down…

Rainwater harvesting, part 2: Clean and safe
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Rainwater harvesting, part 2: Clean and safe

Organic NZ Magazine: January/February 2015 Section: Building and technology Author: Rachel Rose   Part 2: Clean and safe     Typically, how clean is the rainwater being drunk in rural New Zealand? Often, not very. Stan Abbott heads up the Roof Water Harvesting Centre at Massey University. In 2006 Stan and his colleagues tested roof…

Is your soil toxic?
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Is your soil toxic?

Organic NZ Magazine: September/October 2014 Section: Gardening Author: Tremane Barr Tremane Barr in his vege garden after the February 2011 earthquake. His copy of Organic NZ arrived in the mail a few hours before the quake. (Photo: Tremane Barr) The Canterbury earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 have shaken the lives and properties of many that…

Amber light for dung beetles?
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Amber light for dung beetles?

Organic NZ Magazine: May/June 2014 Section: Farming and horticulture Author: Dr Nick Waipara Dr Nick Waipara explores the biosecurity issues of introducing exotic dung beetles onto organic farms in New Zealand. Recent months have seen the first of a series of releases of exotic dung beetles on New Zealand farms. Organic farmers potentially have much…

GE food: A Trojan horse – what is it sneaking into us?
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GE food: A Trojan horse – what is it sneaking into us?

Organic NZ Magazine: May/June 2014 Section: Science watch Author: Frank Rowson Obviously the admonition to ‘never look a gift horse in the mouth’ was around in the time of the Greek–Trojan war. The Trojans were not aware of the dangers of accepting things at face value or they would not have been conquered. Today, consumers are…

The ‘dirty dozen’ – latest update
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The ‘dirty dozen’ – latest update

Organic NZ Magazine: January/February 2014 Section: Health and Food Author: Alison White Which foods in New Zealand are more likely to have pesticide residues? What’s wrong with pesticide residues in food? How can pesticide residues in food be reduced? Alison White answered these questions in Organic NZMay/June 2010. Here she revisits them and gives us…

Hemp: The comeback crop

Hemp: The comeback crop

Hemp is an ancient crop, grown for its fibre and put to thousands of uses. Unreasonably lumped in with cannabis, hemp was supplanted and restricted for nearly a hundred years – but it is now being heralded as an outstanding building material for our time. This article was featured in the November/December 2013 issue of…