Tremane Barr in his vege garden after the February 2011 earthquake.
His copy of Organic NZ arrived in the mail a few hours before the quake.
(Photo: Tremane Barr)
The Canterbury earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 have shaken the lives and properties of many that live here, but one aftershock that has come as a complete surprise to the public was the release of information by the regional council – Environment Canterbury (ECAN) – that at least 11,000 properties might have some form of toxic contamination.
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When it comes to groceries, many of us want to shop organic, but can’t afford the higher price tag. So how come organic food is more expensive, and when you add up environmental and health factors, does it really cost us more? Bonnie Flaws investigates the economics and ethics of eating organic and shares tips on how to get more of it into your weekly shop.
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What do you do when your passions are photography, food and the environment? If you’re Sophie Merkens you quit your job, buy a van and set off on a road trip around Aotearoa to interview and photograph 35 inspiring wāhine growers and gatherers. Then you turn it into a beautiful book. We chatted to Sophie about her inspiration behind this project and get a sneak peek at some of the incredible women featured in it.
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