Is your food being zapped? An update on food irradiation
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Is your food being zapped? An update on food irradiation

Organic NZ Magazine: March/April 2016 Section:  Health & food Author: Alison White In New Zealand and Australia, herbs, spices, herbal teas, tomatoes, capsicums and a range of tropical fruit are currently allowed to be irradiated. Probably this year we in New Zealand will have an even wider range of fresh fruit and vegetables irradiated, imported from…

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…

The dangers of aspartame
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The dangers of aspartame

Organic NZ Magazine: January/February 2013 Section: Health and food Author: Kyra Xavia Aspartame is a highly addictive artificial sweetener and flavour enhancer, used in over 10,000 products worldwide. Produced by genetic engineering, aspartame is incorrectly classified as an additive, when it is in fact an excitotoxic and neurotoxic drug, supposedly developed to treat peptic ulcers….

How natural is that flavour? The dangers of MSG
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How natural is that flavour? The dangers of MSG

Organic NZ Magazine: Sept/Oct 2012 Section: Health and food Author: Kyra Xavia As consumer awareness grows about excitotoxins, the food industry is making it harder for consumers to avoid them. Kyra Xavia investigates. An excitotoxin is a substance that excites nerve cells until they die. One of the most commonly used but best-hidden excitotoxins is…

Food Bill folly
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Food Bill folly

Organic NZ Magazine: March/April 2012 Section: Features Author: Christine Dann Food Bill folly In which Organic NZ questions the Food Quality Authority (also known as Christine Dann) about whether the Food Bill 2010, if enacted in its current form, would really protect New Zealanders from dying in their thousands from food-related diseases every year, and…

The Natural Health Products Bill is here – have your say!
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The Natural Health Products Bill is here – have your say!

Organic NZ Magazine: November/December 2011 Section: Health and Food Author: Sandra Clair The Natural Health Products Bill is back in Parliament and this time it is a different story altogether. In 2007 New Zealanders flexed their muscles and influenced their political representatives not to pass legislation for a joint Australia New Zealand Therapeutic Regulatory Authority…

Letter from the Minister for Food Safety regarding the Food Bill
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Letter from the Minister for Food Safety regarding the Food Bill

Organic NZ Magazine: September/October 2011 Section: Letters to the Editor Author: Kate Wilkinson, Minister for Food Safety I am writing in response to Guy Ralls article in the July/August 2011 edition of Organic NZ, in which it was suggested that the Food Bill is a threat to seed saving / and the sharing of seeds…

GE: don’t swallow it
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GE: don’t swallow it

Organic NZ Magazine: July/August 2010 Section: Features Author: Kyra Xavia Kyra Xavia investigates how genetically engineered ingredients sneak into our food unlabelled, and offers tips to avoid eating them Like many Organic NZ readers you may be a conscious consumer who makes informed decisions about the food you eat. Unfortunately you may also be ‘eating…