Advocacy is a big part of the Soil & Health Association of New Zealand’s work. These policy documents set out our position on a number of key issues concerning food and farming in New Zealand. The policies range from climate change to education, seed saving, pesticides and freshwater quality.
For each policy a background is first set out which addresses what the issue is and how organic farming and gardening can work to solve that issue. The specific policy is then set out after that. For example the climate change policy states how industrial agriculture, poorly executed, is one of the largest contributors to climate change, organic agriculture however can work to mitigate climate change through reducing greenhouse gases, especially the release of CO2 from the soil, by avoiding synthetic soluble nitrogen fertilisers, and minimising nutrient losses.
The Association has campaigned, promoted, educated and advocated for organic production and sustainable living since it was founded. These policies set out the Association’s direction in advocating for and creating an organic New Zealand.