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…

Don’t read this article
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Don’t read this article

Organic NZ Magazine: May/June 2012 Section: Reports Author: Jon Carapiet In this opinion piece Jon Carapiet raises concerns about the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), particularly around New Zealand’s GE-free status It’s a bit hard writing an article about the TPPA, not just because I am no expert, but because of the secrecy that surrounds it….

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…

Food Bill blues
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Food Bill blues

Organic NZ Magazine: March/April 2012 Section: Features Author: Steffan Browning Our culture of home gardening, food sharing and small artisan producers is at risk of being suppressed by future ministerial decree, as is consideration of genetic engineering as a food safety issue. The Food Bill, supposedly intended to reduce compliance costs for the food industry…

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…

A guide to organic education in New Zealand
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A guide to organic education in New Zealand

Organic NZ Magazine: November/December 2011 Section: Features Author: Bridget Freeman Rock Bridget Freeman Rock reviews the organic education options available in New Zealand Many Organic NZ readers are hungry for practical skills and further knowledge of organics, and with a range of courses, workshops and educational experiences to choose from in New Zealand and abroad…

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…

The Dirty Dozen – 12 foods with the most pesticide residues
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The Dirty Dozen – 12 foods with the most pesticide residues

Organic NZ Magazine: May/June 2010 Section: Health and Food Author: Alison White Alison White of the Safe Food Campaign answers these questions – Which foods in New Zealand have the most pesticide residues? – What’s wrong with pesticide residues in food? – How can pesticide residues in food be reduced? The content below is available…

Safe food storage: healthy options for food packaging and storage
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Safe food storage: healthy options for food packaging and storage

Organic NZ Magazine: May/June 2010 Section: Features Author: Kyra Xavia Kyra Xavia investigates at the health risks of plastic used for food packaging and storage, and offers suggestions for healthy alternatives Plastic pervades every area of our life. Unfortunately it also permeates our body where it does not belong. As consumers we assume packaging materials…