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Landmark merger a win-win for organic sector

Monday, 18 July 2016, 9:26 am | Soil and Health Association

The organic community celebrated the landmark merger of two long-established charitable organisations yesterday. Members of the Soil & Health Association of NZ Inc and the New Zealand Biological Producers and Consumers Society Inc (BioGro Society) voted ... More >>

Honouring the Warrior Queen of Organics

Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 10:13 am | Soil and Health Association

Media release from the Soil & Health Association 22 June 2016 – for immediate release One of New Zealand’s oldest advocates of organics, Marguerite Jones, has died at the age of 95. Famous for wearing her ‘Don’t panic, go organic!’ sign ... More >>

A collaborative response to GE risks

Monday, 20 June 2016, 10:19 am | Soil and Health Association

Councils and communities – a collaborative response to GE risks MEDIA RELEASE from Soil & Health and GE Free Northland Saturday, June 18, 2016 More >>

GE: it’s our right to decide

Friday, 12 February 2016, 9:22 am | Soil and Health Association

GE: it’s our right to decide Communities should have the right to decide whether or not genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are released or field-trialled in their regions and, if so, whether any conditions should be placed on them, say the Soil ... More >>

Joining forces to clean up food and farming

Monday, 14 December 2015, 7:23 am | Soil and Health Association

The urgency of what’s happening to our food supply has motivated two key organic organisations to join forces. To counter industrial-style factory farming and food production, which is causing environmental degradation and ill health, Soil & ... More >>

Climate-friendly farming: We have the solutions

Wednesday, 2 December 2015, 9:54 am | Soil and Health Association

We have good news for John Key! At the climate talks in Paris, Prime Minister John Key said that cost-effective technologies for reducing New Zealand’s agricultural emissions were not yet available. More >>

GE animal experiments: expensive, unethical failures

Friday, 23 October 2015, 10:51 am | Soil and Health Association

Experiments to genetically engineer animals in New Zealand over the past 15 years have proven to be expensive and unethical failures, says the Soil & Health Association, and must be stopped. Soil & Health commends GE Free NZ’s report ‘GE Animals ... More >>

Childhood obesity plan a fat lot of good

Wednesday, 21 October 2015, 9:06 am | Soil and Health Association

The government’s Childhood Obesity Plan doesn’t go nearly far enough to address the alarming increase in childhood obesity, according to the Soil & Health Association. “There are some commendable actions in this plan, but the rise of obesity in children ... More >>

Conflict of interest for new EPA head

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 8:44 am | Soil and Health Association

The new head of the Environmental Protection Agency has been an open advocate of genetic engineering, and therefore has a conflict of interest when it comes to looking after the environment, says the Soil & Health Association. Dr Allan Freeth starts ... More >>

New wave of GE-free activism

Wednesday, 17 June 2015, 1:08 pm | Soil and Health Association

Pressure from the biotech industry for the government to relax laws on genetic engineering will result in a new wave of GE-free activism, the Soil & Health Association predicts. More >>

Our democratic right to be GE-free

Thursday, 11 June 2015, 12:51 pm | Soil and Health Association

One of the most important Environment Court decisions this year is the finding that councils can control the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) under the Resource Management Act. More >>

GE or not GE? A victory for democracy

Thursday, 14 May 2015, 2:27 pm | Soil and Health Association

New Zealanders can take heart that it is now confirmed that regional councils have the right to make planning decisions about the outdoor use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in their regions. Environment Court Judge Newhook determined yesterday ... More >>

Can we trust the label ‘organic’?

Thursday, 23 April 2015, 9:30 am | Soil and Health Association

More than ever, consumers need to know they can trust food labels, but the word ‘organic’ is being misused by some producers. The Soil & Health Association is therefore disappointed that the Ministry for Primary Industries has abandoned ... More >>

Can we keep local control over GE?

Wednesday, 22 April 2015, 11:39 am | Soil and Health Association

Genetic engineering is again in the spotlight as the Soil & Health Association of NZ and GE Free Northland lead a group of interested parties in support of Whangarei District Council and Northland Regional Council in the Environment Court this Friday. ... More >>

Will new farming leader jeopardise NZ’s GE-free advantage?

Thursday, 10 July 2014, 12:06 pm | Soil and Health Association

The recent election of William Rolleston as president of Federated Farmers could mean a push towards genetic engineering (GE) in farming, warns the Soil & Health Association. Dr Rolleston has for many years been a proponent of GE, and some farmers, ... More >>

Urgent action needed on obesity

Wednesday, 11 June 2014, 9:59 am | Soil and Health Association

The Soil & Health Association commends the New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) for their policy briefing ‘Tackling Obesity’.* Obesity is a major public health issue in New Zealand. It is making people sick and unhappy, and putting a strain ... More >>

Organic course cuts are a move in the wrong direction

Friday, 6 June 2014, 10:02 am | Soil and Health Association

The cutting of organic courses at Lincoln University is short-sighted and a move in the wrong direction, according to the Soil & Health Association. As part of a number of course and staff cuts at Lincoln University, three organic courses are ... More >>

Court decision keeps NZ GE-free

Friday, 23 May 2014, 10:20 am | Soil and Health Association

A recent High Court decision is a victory for New Zealand consumers, farmers and foresters, says the Soil & Health Association. The High Court ruled against a decision by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) that two new plant breeding ... More >>

Healthy food policies needed to combat obesity

Tuesday, 18 February 2014, 10:12 am | Soil and Health Association

The Soil & Health Association strongly endorses the proposals of Dr Gabrielle Jenkin and other researchers urging the government to take action on unhealthy food. More >>

Court decision empowers local body GMO protection

Monday, 10 February 2014, 4:56 pm | Soil and Health Association

As people around New Zealand are preparing submissions to their local authorities, the Soil & Health Association is pleased that a recent Environment Court decision sets a precedent which empowers local bodies to protect their communities from the ... More >>

   

 

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