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Healthy food policies needed to combat obesity

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Soil & Health Association strongly endorses the proposals of Dr Gabrielle Jenkin and other researchers urging the government to take action

Court decision empowers local body protection against GMO risks

Monday, February 10, 2014

As people around New Zealand are preparing submissions to their local authorities, the Soil & Health Association is pleased that a recent Envir

Landmark court case on GE

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

One of the world’s oldest organic organisations is going to court to support caution on genetic engineering.

Organic practices will improve water quality

Monday, November 25, 2013

A shift towards organic farming practices and diversification is needed to protect and enhance our waterways and our economy, says the Soil & H

NZ must retain GE-free advantage

Friday, November 22, 2013

It is disappointing that Federated Farmers is opposing council caution around genetically engineered organisms, according to the Soil & Health

New GE techniques slipping under radar?

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

A new gene-splitting technique must be defined as genetic engineering, says the Soil & Health Association.

Think tank calls for GE-free farming

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

A Wellington think tank’s call for New Zealand to be a GE-free food and fibre producer has been welcomed by the Soil & Health Association.

GE feed the cause of contaminated milk?

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Genetically engineered stock feed could be the biggest culprit in the Clostridium botulinum contamination that caused the recent recall of some Fonterra dairy products, according to the Soil & Health Association.

RMA reforms undermine communities and the environment

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Proposed changes to the Resource Management Act, undermines councils ability to protect ratepayers against risk and liability and lowers environmental standards.

Local tomatoes and capsicums hotter than nuked Aussie imports

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Irradiated food from Australia carries health risks to animals and humans and consumers in Nuclear Free NZ don't want it. 

Organic NZ latest issue


March/April 2014

We celebrate the harvest season with a theme of ‘urban agriculture’. Stories include:

  • Regrowing the (organic) Garden City
  • Papakainga planting in the four winds of Wellington
  • Community gardens: Lower Hutt and Tokoroa
  • How to grow quinces and medlars
  • Treated seed
  • Natural approaches to stress and depression
  • A sustainable roundhouse
  • Natural burial: eco options

PLUS: the ever-popular moon calendar, prizes, recipes and more… see full contents



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Soil & Health in GE court case

Kia ora to all members!

Thank you! What incredible generosity Soil & Health members and supporters around New Zealand have shown in our recent appeal. We have received fantastic financial and moral support from hundreds of people in our defence of the Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s precautionary approach to genetic engineering.


GE court case at Mount Maunganui

The Environment Court case, Scion versus Bay of Plenty Regional Council, was heard on 28-29 November. Thank you to everyone who came and showed support for Soil & Health, the other interested parties, and the Council.

Soil & Health presented a strong and professional case. The court has reserved its decision. We will keep you updated when we have further information.

Also check out GE Free Bay of Plenty’s Facebook page for information:



In 2011 Soil & Health and several other parties filed submissions supporting the Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s precautionary approach to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in its proposed Regional Policy Statement. Scion (the publicly owned NZ Forest Research Institute, which is trialling GE pine trees at Rotorua) challenged the policy in the Environment Court.

Soil & Health took the lead role among a group of Section 274 parties (parties who previously made submissions). The others are: GE Free NZ, GE Free Northland, John Sanderson, and former BOP regional councillor Karen Summerhays.

The case may well be precedent-setting and have an impact around New Zealand. Other local bodies (in Auckland, Northland and Hastings) have, or are looking at, prohibitive or precautionary policies on GMOs. But Environment Minister Amy Adams has signalled the government may take away local bodies’ right to determine their own policies on GMOs.


Thank you for your donations! Further donations welcome

·       Thank you to everyone who has supported our appeal so far! We couldn't have done it without you. Further donations are welcome, and can be made via or by cheque to PO Box 340002, Birkenhead, Auckland 0626.

·       Soil & Health’s original submission can be seen at


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