Soil under pressure
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Soil under pressure

This third article in the Soil Doctor series by Dr Tim Jenkins looks at the issue of compacted soils.  In this series we look at some of the common problems facing soil health. We explore the symptoms you might notice, how we can diagnose the root causes and what treatments, and indeed cures, can be implemented. Scroll down to access the full article  The following content is accessible for…

The rainforest of the sea
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The rainforest of the sea

Trudy Kessels finds out about AgriSea’s sustainable harvesting of seaweed for fertiliser, and research into other uses of this taonga.   “Bring the kids!” Tane Bradley, managing director of AgriSea tells me on the phone. “We’re all about having the kids around!” So I arrive, two children in tow, and am warmly invited into the staff lounge, where a spread of delicious muffins is laid out before us.  “Tane doesn’t do anything without…

Shovel-ready solutions to fight climate change

Shovel-ready solutions to fight climate change

It’s vital we scale up organic, regenerative agriculture to reverse climate change, writes Andre Leu.  There is a long-term disaster far worse than the Covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic will end in a few years, but the world will lose many millions more to sickness, hunger, poverty and catastrophic weather events because of the unprecedented climate emergency.   Despite the…

The millers’ tale: NZ BioGrains’ story
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The millers’ tale: NZ BioGrains’ story

Harry and Mary Lowe live and work in Ashburton and are stalwarts of the organic industry. They became involved with organics in the 1980s, established New Zealand BioGrains, a company that is still going strong, and are a fount of knowledge about the industry in general. Sandie Finnie takes a looks at their business. New…

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 animal feed? No thanks!
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GE animal feed? No thanks!

Organic NZ Magazine: May/June 2013 Section: Farming and horticulture Author: Frank Rowson Frank Rowson, a veterinarian for 50 years, is a farm performance consultant for soil herbage, animals and humans. Growing reliance on supplementary feeds Because chemical farming is reducing the ability to grow quality feed and the ability to withstand the increasing number of…