UK consumers misled by free range pork labelling : Pork labelled ‘outdoor bred/reared’, ‘free range’ or ‘Freedom Food’ can come from pigs that have spent less than 20% of their lives in the fresh air says the UK Soil Association. Jamie Oliver is running a campaign to highlight the plight of pigs and the misleading labelling system.
Food labelled NZ from Australia : Soil and Health testing of food from several supermarkets uncovered a case of Australian capsicums treated with fruit fly pesticide labelled as New Zealand produce.
Multi-million dollar study backs organic : An EU backed study - the biggest study on the nutritional value of organic food to date - shows significantly higher amounts of health protecting antioxidants in organic food prompting the UK food standards authority to take another look at organic food.
GE corn toxic when cooked : Are Trans Tasman food standards fit for New Zealand consumption? Send us your feedback. In this story from Soil and Health, a GE corn for humans recommendation is based on trials for uncooked animal feed.
Organic Skin Care : Belle au naturel. Natural organic beauty, French style. A former French woman, now living in Auckland, Isabelle Giangrasso is introducing a certified organic skin care and beauty care range, including dietary supplements, to New Zealand, sans all chemicals, including parabens - with the reminder that when it comes to organic beauty products, not all are created equal. Product Feature.
Organics and reducing your global footprint : A recent study of primary school aged children showed they were losing sleep worrying about global warming. This page has links to a carbon footprint calculator so you can gauge what impact your home has, and links to helpful information about carbon emissions and global warming, including the contribution organics makes to fixing the problem.
Edible Flowers : One of the most underutilised group of edibles in our gardens is edible flowers. There is nothing better to make a meal colourful, interesting and unique.
Harmonious Housing : Planning to build a house or renovate? Give a thought to the ways in which your home can be made not only energy efficient and beautiful, but also healthier for the occupants and in harmony with the natural environment.
THE ANSWER FILE : Our file of questions from visitors on everything organic - from how control pests, diseases and weeds organically, to organics in the glasshouse - courtesy of Christchurch Polytechnic's Holger Kahl and organic students. Browse through the list or search by topic (Search button located at the top of each webpage). Sorry, we cannot accept any more questions from readers as this service is no longer available.
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