Perfect pasture – grazing management
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Perfect pasture – grazing management

Organic NZ Magazine: March/April 2005 Author: Dr Tim Jenkins Dr Tim Jenkins, of the Biological Husbandry Unit outlines strategies to develop great pastures Grazing management can include a regular pattern of shifting livestock onto clean pasture. In some cases this may be as often as shifting each day. This is an effective way of ensuring…

Organics, sheep husbandry and fly strike
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Organics, sheep husbandry and fly strike

Organic NZ Magazine: March/April 2005 Author: Dr Michael Morris On conventional New Zealand farms fly strike is kept under control through a variety of means, including mulesing, tail docking, crutching and dagging sheep, and dipping and jetting with insecticides. The latter is not possible on organic farms, and other common techniques don’t fit well with…

Role and importance of nitrogen in your soil
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Role and importance of nitrogen in your soil

Organic NZ Magazine: September/October 2004 Author: Holger Kahl Nitrogen is an important building block of proteins, nucleic acids and other cellular constituents which are essential for all forms of life. Nitrogen is such an important key nutrient element for plants that it warrants careful management, and – if mismanaged – can lead to severe environmental…

Joint Venture into Vines
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Joint Venture into Vines

Organic NZ Magazine: November/December 2001 Author: Valerie Cowperthwaite A shared passion for wine and commitment to Organics has brought about an intriguing business partnership between Kingsley Tobin, award-winning winemaker, and John Hawkesby, late of TV news. Valerie Cowperthwaite talked to them both. (First printed in Soil & Health Nov/Dec 2000 issue.) When Kingsley Tobin came…

Growing Organic Tomatoes
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Growing Organic Tomatoes

Organic NZ Magazine: November/December 2001 Author: Denise Mark Denise Mark describes exactly how to grow delicious, organic ‘Love Apples’. Is conventionally grown to your taste? Imagine a conventionally grown tomato, bred for long shelf life, growing in a plastic bag full of sawdust. Imagine the plant being fed an unrelenting cocktail of calcium, ammonium and…

Starvation and Politics
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Starvation and Politics

Organic NZ Magazine: September/October 2001 Author: Devinder Sharma Biotechnology is not the answer to world hunger. Devinder Sharma explains how government sanctioned greed is the cause of rural poverty in India. The genetic engineering industry has been claiming that at a time when more than 800 million people go to bed hungry each night, and…

Feeding the World without Poisons
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Feeding the World without Poisons

Organic NZ Magazine: July/August 2001 Author: Meriel Watts In May this year, Meriel Watts travelled to Senegal in West Africa to take part in Pesticide Action Network’s international conference on “Feeding the World Without Poisons”. Meriel is a member of the Steering Council of Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific. She filed this report…

Towards a Sustainable Agriculture – The Living Soil Part 2
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Towards a Sustainable Agriculture – The Living Soil Part 2

Organic NZ Magazine: May/June 2001 Author: Lady Eve Balfour In the January issue, Lady Eve Balfour’s article outlined the early years of the organic movement and listed a number of reasons why chemical agriculture is doomed. This concluding section gives practical advice on caring for the soil and then looks at the aim of sustainable…

Growing Medicinal Herbs: Echinacea Explosion
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Growing Medicinal Herbs: Echinacea Explosion

Organic NZ Magazine: March/April 2000 Author: Paul Smith Medicinal herbs are one of the largest growth areas for health product retailers. But some of them may be grown on contaminated soils, as Paul Smith explains. While Soil & Health readers, and much of the general public, know that conventionally grown fruit and vegetables contain varying…