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    Media release 9 April 2018

    Celebrating NZ's first organic week

    Organics is being celebrated in New Zealand's first organic week 9-15 April, with events and promotions taking place all over the country. The Thorndon Farmers' Market hosted the Safe Food Campaign offering samples of organic fruit and vegetables and giving information about organic food and the 'dirty dozen', food more likely to contain pesticide residues in New Zealand.

    The Safe Food Campaign is a nationwide organisation which offers consumers information about food so they can make their own minds about what is safe and healthy to buy. Karori resident, researcher and Safe Food Co-convenor Alison White has compiled several 'dirty dozens', analysing government surveys.

    "People often ask me, what is wrong with a few pesticide residues in our food?"said Ms White. "We don't know enough about the effects these chemicals have, but we do know that there are serious long term effects of particular pesticides that are found in our food, including cancer, endocrine or hormonal disruption, immune system suppression, nervous system damage and birth defects. We also know that pesticides used on non-organic farms pollute the environment, contaminating water and the eco-system."

    Ms White advised that if people wanted to reduce the pesticides going into their bodies, to buy organic food, but especially fruit, salad vegetables, leafy greens and bread.

    Other organic week events in Wellington include an organic market with several organic businesses offering samples and discounts at the underground market on Saturday 14 April. Commonsense, with five stores in the Wellington region, is offering tastings, specials and giveaways. The founders of Commonsense, Jim Kebbell and Marion Wood, are offering a farm visit at their Te Horo farm. New World will have organic specials. Karori New World is hosting a tasting on Thursday, with information supplied by the Safe Food Campaign. For more events see organicweek.co.nz.

    "Buying and growing organically means you look after the environment and animals better and avoid genetic engineering, as well as take action against climate change," commented Dr Heli Matilainen, Co-convenor of the Safe Food Campaign.


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