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…

Hemp: The comeback crop

Hemp: The comeback crop

Hemp is an ancient crop, grown for its fibre and put to thousands of uses. Unreasonably lumped in with cannabis, hemp was supplanted and restricted for nearly a hundred years – but it is now being heralded as an outstanding building material for our time. This article was featured in the November/December 2013 issue of…

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…

Beyond 1080
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Beyond 1080

Organic NZ Magazine: March/April 2013 Section: Farming and horticulture Author: Rebecca Reider Despite what the government would have you believe about the necessity of dumping a highly dangerous toxin from the sky, effective and safe alternatives to the poisonous war on possums are quietly springing up across the country. Rebecca Reider investigates. We knew there…

How to create a GE-free zone
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How to create a GE-free zone

Organic NZ Magazine: March/April 2013 Section: Community Author: Zelka Grammer Zelka Grammer encourages you to press for a GE-free zone in your city, region or district Gardeners, beekeepers, seed savers, foresters, orchardists, organic growers and consumers: you know what’s at stake. GE experiments and releases present serious risks to our biosecurity, unique biodiversity, primary producers,…

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…

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

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…