Power-down pioneer
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Power-down pioneer

Organic NZ Magazine: July/August 2009 Section: Communities Author: Joseph Dougherty Joseph Dougherty introduces Ted Howard, a champion of ‘powering down’, of social change directed at encouraging greater sustainability. Ted Howard is an inspiring example of how someone can make the transition away from a fossil-fuelpowered lifestyle. He runs two businesses: a permaculture gardening business and…

Pointless field trials cost us millions
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Pointless field trials cost us millions

Organic NZ Magazine: September/October 2008 Section: Science Watch Author: Elvira Dommisse Elvira Dommisse, PhD compiled a submission to ERMA on Application GMF06002 for the Soil & Health Association and PSGR (Physicians and Scientists for Global Responsibility). The submission asked ERMA to decline the application to field-trial genetically engineered Alliums: onions, shallots, spring onions, leeks and…

Sweet Poison: What’s not to like about aspartame
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Sweet Poison: What’s not to like about aspartame

Organic NZ Magazine: March/April 2008 Section: Health and Food Author: Alison White ‘Aspartame is the most controversial and complained-about additive in history.’ Alison White of the Safe Food Campaign. The Safe Food Campaign believes that the widespread exposure to the artificial sweetener aspartame (951) – an addictive, carcinogenic neurotoxin – is causing a public health…

The artichoke that isn’t – Jerusalem artichokes in the home garden & recipes
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The artichoke that isn’t – Jerusalem artichokes in the home garden & recipes

Organic NZ Magazine: September/October 2007 Section: Gardening Author: Pam Blowers The Jerusalem artichoke is a brown-coloured, knobbly, white-fleshed tuber root vegetable from the daisy (Compositae) family. It is not related to Globe Artichoke. In the USA it is known more commonly as Sunchoke, and in Italy as Girasola artiocco, the sunflower artichoke (girasola means to…

Let’s keep those tried and true remedies
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Let’s keep those tried and true remedies

Organic NZ Magazine: May/June 2007 Section: Health and Food Author: Philippa Jamieson Philippa Jamieson checks out a herbal medicine business that is under threat from the Therapeutic Products and Medicines Bill. The premises of ARTEMIS Herbal Medicine are just as warm and sunny as the beautiful Dunedin day outside. Sandra Clair shows me into her…

Endosulphan at the top of ERMA’s Reassessment List
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Endosulphan at the top of ERMA’s Reassessment List

Organic NZ Magazine: May/June 2007 Section: Gardening Author: Steffan Browning Note: This article differs from the one printed in the magazine and includes additional information. Trade names of the reassessment list chemicals can be found at the end of this unabridged article. The persistent insecticide Endosulphan, has been accepted as a chemical for reassessment by…

Tea tree in NZ – Growing the good oil
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Tea tree in NZ – Growing the good oil

Organic NZ Magazine: January/February 2007 Section: Farming and Horticulture Author: Philippa Jamieson Tucked away in idyllic Karamea is New Zealand’s only certified organic producer of Australian tea tree oil. Philippa Jamieson visits on a rainy West Coast day. It’s not a place you simply pass through. Karamea is off the beaten track an hour and…

Moves to send complementary health control offshore
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Moves to send complementary health control offshore

Organic NZ Magazine: January/February 2007 Section: News Author: Alan Baddock Late one night in December the Government finally tabled legislation intended to make a reality of its proposal to base control of New Zealand complementary health in Australia, under a trans-Tasman Therapeutic Products Agency (ANZTPA). The move had been blocked for three years by widespread…