Nature thrives on organic farms!

Organic farming plays a crucial role in preserving biodiversity, and organic agriculture offers hope for safeguarding biodiversity and maintaining the delicate balance of our ecosystems.

New Zealand boasts a large number of native species that are unique to the country, but the way we currently farm is a massive threat to its flora and fauna. Industrial agriculture dominates the global food system and is the leading cause of biodiversity loss. According to Stats NZ, more than 75% of indigenous reptile, bird, bat and freshwater fish species are threatened with extinction or at risk.

This loss is primarily due to land use, habitat loss and pollution. Organic farming provides hope for the biodiversity crisis that New Zealand is currently facing. Organic agriculture rejects synthetic inputs and focuses on soil health by promoting ecological balance and nurturing a rich diversity of life above and below the soil surface.

Aotearoa, New Zealand, is currently experiencing a biodiversity crisis. Hence, our Organic Week theme 2024 is ‘Where Nature Thrives’. A transition to an organic future offers one solution to help conserve our precious fauna and flora.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

To address the biodiversity crisis, collective efforts at all levels of society are crucial. Here are some actionable steps individuals can take to contribute:

🌱 Advocate for political action and our government supporting the transition to organic agriculture, vote for those committed to environmental protection
🌱 Engage in local and regional initiatives focused on food system change and biodiversity restoration
🌱 Support organic farms and producers who are actively working to protect and regenerate our environment
🌱 Grow your own organic garden and interplant with wildlife-friendly plants and trees
🌱 Reduce waste by minimising consumption and extending the lifespan of goods
🌱 Educate children about where our food comes from, biodiversity and ecosystem preservation, fostering long-term behavioural changes
🌱 Spend more time in nature to deepen our appreciation for our ecosystem while educating ourselves about local wildlife and habitats

ORGANICS: GOOD FOR YOU, GOOD FOR NATURE