The Soil & Health Association of New Zealand has campaigned, promoted, educated and advocated for organic production and sustainable living since it's beginning in 1941. We are the oldest organisation in the world dedicated to this cause.
We have a vision to create an Organic New Zealand. We work on many issues surrounding health, safe food, pesticides, genetic engineering, sustainable development and organic food production.
We represent our members and supporters on these issues at a local and national level.
Our current work includes:
- Organic Week Aotearoa - a nationwide celebration of all things organic!
- "Organic 2020" - a vision for New Zealand
- Project Gro
- Keeping New Zealand GE Free
- Reducing the harm and eliminating the risk of pesticides and chemicals
- Investigating the danger of aspartame, artificial sweetener (951)
- Campaign to stop the Therapeutic Products and Medicines Bill
- Mandatory Fortification of bread, folic acid
- Country of Origin Labelling
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Soil & Health is campaigning to phase out glyphosate from our food, streets and parks, and our 2019 annual appeal is focused on this. We also advocate setting standards to stop similarly toxic herbicides taking the place of glyphosate in … Read More
Apply Now Project Gro Funding April 2019 This special funding round has been made possible through collaboration with the Soil & Health Association of NZ and Thunderpants Further details and application form available through “Apply Now” above Receive $500 … Read More
A global movement is demanding a ban of the herbicide glyphosate (best known as the main ingredient of Monsanto’s Roundup). One of Soil & Health’s campaigns is to ban or at the very least restrict the use of the controversial chemical. Jodie Bruning investigates the New Zealand situation, and the lack of scientific monitoring of pesticides in general. Of … Read More
This beautiful poster appears in the Nov/Dec 2016 issue (Vo. 75, No. 6). It’s illustrated by Rosa-May Rutherford, with words by Christine Dann and was conceived by acting editor Rachel Rose. It’s free to download; if you like it, please … Read More
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 … Read More
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 … Read More
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 … Read More
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 … Read More
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. … Read More
Thank you for your 2014 grant of $450, plus subscription to your magazine. This has enabled the construction of 4 transportable compost bins. As you can see from the photo these are in active use in our garden and have … Read More