Ginnys Herbs newsletter re Food Bill

Hi everyone, this food bill has been bothering me – and when I received this email today I decided that I would share it with you. I would say that all of my newsletter recipients love having their gardens and would be shattered if what has happened overseas was allowed to happen here. I know you will all understand why I have decided to give all all the chance to attempt to have our say on this- how ironic that it is going through Parliament at the time of year when giving and our families are so important, Ginny

Apologies if repeated – but best the word gets out twice than never!

Fellow gardeners and concerned citizens,

This really is important to give 5 minutes of your time to. It is being said that if this goes ahead we may all have to pay the govt another $2500 just for the privilege of having a garden. It is expected that they will pass this law during these coming Xmas holidays when people normally are distracted with other activities. It’s absolutely insane and must be stopped! We dont want to lose the freedom of being able to grow our own veges! If this goes through we will not be able to reverse it. I see that there’s 14,500 signitures – let’s support it and try and get those 50,000. Please forward it on for the good of all kiwis!
Best Regards

There is a piece of legislation going through NZ parliament at the
moment called the Food Bill. There is not much information in the
media because the media aren’t or can’t talk about it. It will be
snuck through faster than a greasy pig while we are on holidays in
January. We need action now to get 50,000 signatures – already nearly
13,000 have signed – not enough and we potentially have less than TWO

Some parts of this bill involve change that is good. But some parts
are completely insane/horrendous and have the potential to compromise
your health in the future, because they reduce the ability for small
food producers produce and give away/sell seeds and food. And it
would be policed by Food Officers, not needing a warrant, not
government employees, & apparently having immunity from civil or
criminal prosecution! This is in the legislation!

And what is different about this legislation as it comes under an
international rule called ‘Codex’ or ”Codex Alimentarius’. If we go
along with Codex NZ then CAN’T CHANGE the legislation in future. This
is what is really apalling about this. It is not Common Law, it is
Napoleonic Code. It hasn’t happened before with food and is a quiet
part of Codex that most people don’t realise. We would actually have
to get out of the W.H.O. to change this legislation if we didn’t like
it – which is just not a thing governments do. We would be stuck.
So we need to take time on this legislation, not fast track it through
at Christmas time.

What’s really shocking about this is that these rules are developed to
say we need ‘food safety’. (Because we all know home grown veggies
are worse from us than mass produced stuff?!?) But what they really
mean is to get rid of little producers, little growers and keep the
growing of food in the hands of the big companies. Codex wasn’t
designed by governments and independent think tanks it was developed
by mega corporations – pharmacy, agribusiness, chemical. These laws
were NOT initially drafted by the NZ government, but by lawyers
employed by big international corporates.

We need to stop this legislation as parliament want to sneak it
through while people are on holidays in January (which is what they do
when legislation is controversial). At a later date it can then be
reviewed and amended.

Main problems with Food Bill 160-2 :
1. Home & small growers who grow small amounts of food and sell
locally NEED to be exempt – they are not.
2. Seeds for cultivation and food seedlings NEED TO NOT BE within
the definition ‘food’ under the Bill. (This is huge – imagine you not
being able to produce seed and give away!!). This sounds crazy but
seeds will be ‘explicitly controlled substances’ (like drugs) –
seriously. Why? Not sci-fi – in time whoever controls the food chain
protects their own interests. (This is so unbelievable that I believe
this is why we are not acting.)
3. Under the Food Bill, Police acting as Food Safety Officers can
raid premises without a warrant, using all equipment they deem
necessary –
including guns (Clause 265 -1) (What is the precedent for this? Why
is this necessary?)
4. Members of the private sector can also be Food Safety
Officers, as at Clause 243. Eg. Monsanto employees can raid premises –
marae – backed up by armed police. (This has never happened before
or needed to happen).
5. AND Food Safety Officers have immunity from criminal and civil
prosecution. What is the precedent for this?

Go here:

These petitions are internationally recognised and your details are
safe – email addresses WILL NOT be passed on.

It has been under the radar as the media won’t talk about it.
Advertisers won’t let it in and anyone trying to write an opposing
view is lobbed off as ‘weird hippies’ or whatever. Professionals who
are deeply anxious about this legislation won’t/can’t write/talk about
it because their careers/integrity could be undermined. Quite
disturbing This needs attention and thought. You make up your own

Treat it like some conspiracy theory and don’t necessarily believe
what I say. Be cynical, look this up, research it, please be

Why didn’t I do anything earlier? Because I simply didn’t realise all
the implications. Because it is just so complex. And I couldn’t
believe it all.

But please – don’t sit on this like I did – act quickly.

Jodie Bruning

Please kindly forward this on.


From the Smiths:

Updated 10 December 2011: Life for Those Left Behind (Craig Smith’s Health) page 6 click here


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What foods are unhealthy for us

We are seeing home educators going back to the land more and more. After 40 to 50 years of processed food we are seeing the unhealthy lifestyle this produces and so realise we must change and go back to the foods our grandparents ate. The internet is a great source for finding out how to do things since many of our grandparents have now passed away with all their wonderful knowledge. Over the last few years I have been learning how to propogate seeds and now I am learning how to grow herbs and how to use them in cooking and for medicinal purposes. I am enjoying passing this information onto my children. There is so much to learn and pass on so that our future generations will be healthy. Here is a great website with wonderful information about healthy lifestyles. This page is focusing on food that are unhealthy for us. Let me quote a little from the page:

By Dr. Mercola

When deciding what’s healthy and what’s not, it pays to take note of what the actual experts are saying, as opposed to just listening to industry propaganda regurgitated by talking heads in the mass media and government health agencies.

Wake Up World has assembled a list of foods that are avoided by people who know the facts.

Here are a few examples:

Genetically engineered (GE) foods: Not only do genetically modified (GM) foods encourage the massive spraying of insecticides, but studies have shown that pesticide-producing genes in these foods transfer to your intestinal flora.

GM foods come with a staggering environmental, political, economic, and social cost.

Canned tomatoes: Food can lining contains bisphenol-A (BPA), a synthetic estrogen that has been linked to many illnesses.

The problem worsens when the cans contain acidic food such as tomatoes, which leach BPA into the food.

Corn-fed beef: Cattle evolved to eat grass rather than corn.

But modern cattle are fed so as to fatten them up faster, not to keep them healthy.

The result is beef that is much less nutritious.

Microwave popcorn: Chemicals that line the bag, such as PFOA, have been linked to infertility in humans and various forms of cancer in animal tests.

To see the rest of the list, please see the original article.

Here, I’ll focus on the issue of genetically engineered foods, as I believe that is one of the most pressing dangers facing us as a species.

Do read this link as there is a lot of good information in it plus a number of  YouTube clips. I’ll share just a bit more from this page here:

Since the U.S. government prevents the labeling of GM foods, it’s imperative to educate yourself on what they are, and to help spread awareness on how to avoid these foods.

First and foremost, avoid most processed foods, unless it’s labeled USDA 100% Organic.  You can also avoid GM foods that are not found in processed foods, if you know what to look for. There are currently eight genetically modified food crops on the market (plus GM alfalfa, which is used as an animal feed and will primarily affect animal products raised in confined animal feeding operations, aka ‘factory farms.’):

  • Soy
  • Corn
  • Cottonseed (used in vegetable cooking oils)
  • Canola (canola oil)
  • Sugar from sugar beets
  • Hawaiian papaya
  • Some varieties of zucchini
  • Crookneck squash

The free Non-GMO Shopping Guide is a great resource to help you determine which food brands and processed food products are GM-free. Print it out for yourself, and share it with everyone you know. If you feel more ambitious you can order the Non-GMO Shopping Tips brochure in bulk and bring them to the grocery stores in your area. Talk to the owner or manager and get permission to post them in their store.

I think this is a very important part of our home eductating – training our children in healthy lifestyles.


From the Smiths:

Updated 10 December 2011: Life for Those Left Behind (Craig Smith’s Health) page 6 click here


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New Zealand Food Bill 160-2

“Liberty has never come from the government; it has always come from the subjects of it.
The history of liberty is a history of limitation of governmental power, not the increase of it.”
–Woodrow Wilson

The Government is getting involved where it should not be – right into our homes and familes. We have to apply for an exemption to home educate our children, we can no longer use reasonable force to correct our children NOW they want to take our right to grow our own food from us. NOW is the time to ACT to protect this God given right. Who wants to apply for an exemption to grow food, save seeds, and even share the fruits of their labor with friends and family members? This page has links and idea for writing emails:

From Natural News

The God-given human right to freely cultivate food is under attack in New Zealand (NZ) as special interest groups and others are currently attempting to push a “food security” bill through the nation’s parliament that will strip individuals of their right to grow food, save seeds, and even share the fruits of their labor with friends and family members.

In accordance with the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Codex Alimentarius scheme for global food control, the NZ Food Bill, if passed, will essentially transfer primary control of food from individuals to corporations under the guise of food safety. And unless massive public outcry and awakened consciences within the NZ government are able to put a stop to it, the bill could become law very soon.

According to NZ Food Security, a group working to protect the food freedom of New Zealanders, the bill will turn growing and sharing food into a government-granted privilege rather than a human right. It will also make it illegal to distribute any type of food based on the bill’s language. This includes seeds, nutrients, natural medicines, minerals, and even water — without expressed government permission.

You see, agribusiness giants like Monsanto want full control of the food supply, which means putting an end to small-scale agriculture systems that operate “off the grid,” so to speak. This is why they have worked so hard in places like the US to convert conventional, staple crop systems to genetically-modified (GM) ones that are continually reliant upon new seeds and chemical interventions.

As far as enforcement, the NZ bill also authorizes private companies to deploy “Food Safety Officers” that can raid private property without warrant…

You can read a full summary of what the NZ Food Bill entails here:…

What all this means, of course, is that the NZ government may soon be able to arbitrarily decide at any time to restrict individual freedom to plant vegetable gardens and share the produce with their neighbors, for instance. Even “cottage industries,” which include at-home food artisans, could be restricted under the new law.

To learn more and to help defeat the NZ Food Bill, visit:

This article was originally published at Natural News.

Below is a petition you may like to sign:



(There seems to be a problem getting onto this page at the moment – come back to it again later)

Sharing food is a basic human right.

The Food Bill 160-2 will seriously impede initiatives like community gardens, food co-ops, heritage seed banks, farmers markets, bake sales, and roadside fruit & vegetable stalls.

Sign this petition to show that you oppose Food Bill 160-2

A link to the actual bill here –

More information here –

You can use this page to write emails/letters:


From the Smiths:

Updated 10 December 2011: Life for Those Left Behind (Craig Smith’s Health) page 6 click here


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Health Select Committee’s Inquiry into “How to improve [increase] immunisation [vaccination] completion rates” in New Zealand

I have just received this email from Katherine Smith, the editor of The New Zealand Journal of Natural Medicine.

Please read and ACT on this information.


Katherine Smith, editor
The New Zealand Journal of Natural Medicine

PO Box 44-128
Point Chevalier
Auckland 1246

Dear Home Schooling Families,

On March 24, 2011, the Report of the Health Select Committee’s Inquiry into “How to improve [increase] immunisation [vaccination] completion  rates” in New Zealand which was published on the parliamentary website. The government has six weeks (from March 24) to respond to the report.

The full report is posted at this link:

The Health Select Committee (under the leadership of Dr Paul Hutchison) has produced a report that recommends raising the targeted vaccination completion rate to 95% for NZ children aged 0-4.  It also proposes a target be set for 11 year olds.

The report also recommends that the government make children’s enrollment at school and early childhood centres  dependent on parents producing proof of their children’s vaccination status and – even more ominously – suggests that government consider linking “existing parental benefits” to vaccination.

If the government accepts the recommendations in the report, it appears that parents will be forced to choose whether their child has no vaccinations – or all vaccinations on the schedule in order to enroll in a school or early childhood education centre.  Eligibility for the 20 Hours Free Early Childhood Education may also be restricted to children who have had all recommended vaccinations (or whose parents have decided against vaccination) according to Page 33 of the Report.  Moreover, it is also possible that parents who do not comply with this “all or nothing” approach to vaccination (for example those who want their children to have some vaccines, but not others) may face financial penalties.

The report represents a significant attack on parents’ rights to make health care decisions for their children.

Even if you never plan to send your children to school, please take your time to read the website below and become informed about this issue.  In Australia, some students studying at tertiary level now face discrimination on the basis of their vaccination status. If we do not all act now to send a strong message to the NZ government that the right to education should not be linked to vaccination, the career prospects of many people could be damaged.  Christians (and others) who decide against MMR vaccination because of the use of cells derived from aborted foetal tissue in its production (or for any other reason) could be particularly badly affected if the government adopts these sort of discriminatory policies.

We are in an election year; if you disagree with the recommendations in the report,  please act now to let all political parties know that you find this unacceptable.

Please forward this message widely and visit the website as soon as you can for more information and for ideas on how you can help with the campaign to resist the erosion of human rights threatened by this Report.   Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Katherine Smith

HPV Immunisation Programme – Guinea Pigs or Sheep

Guinea Pigs or Sheep
The Government’s Ministry of Health sees all our daughters as either guinea pigs on which to perform a massive, nation-wide experiment or as sheep who need to be sloshed through the dip or hit with the ol’ drench gun whether they need it or not…just in case.

It’s all in a good cause, of course. They want all parents to make an informed consent about subjecting their daughters (aged 12 to 18) to a series of three injections over a six-month period of Gardasil® vaccine to hopefully reduce the incidence of cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is not nice. It usually leads to death, but it may only mean sterility and/or disfigurement if caught in time. It is caused by some types, not all types, of the human papillomavirus (HPV).

So the schools are going to give these jabs to the girls for free, older girls starting this month, and they’ll target the 12-year-olds starting in 2009. The drug is licensed for girls aged as young as 9 and as old as 26, but if you’re not in year 8 or have already left school, too bad…you’ll have to pay for it yourself at $450 for the course of three.1

How does one get this HPV anyway? Sexual intercourse.

The comprehensive condom education in schools in not enough. That is because condoms provide little protection against HPV, and HPV infection is the most common STD. So the friendly makers of Gardasil® have struck a deal with the Ministry of Health, to sell them…I mean, to provide millions of doses of this potentially life-saving drug. Granted, it only protects against the two HPV types that cause 7 out of 10 cervical cancers,2 but at a cost of only $16 million a year, it seems a bargain. And it will certainly keep the friendly folks at Gardasil® happy.

How bad is this problem? About 200 women a year develop cervical cancer in NZ at present and around 70 die from it per year. The vaccine should reduce the death rate to 30 a year. The Ministry of Health’s National Screening Unit (NSU)1 says the following factors increase the risk of getting cervical cancer:
* having first sexual encounter at an early age
* having more than one sexual partner: increased incidence of the cancer is proportionally linked to an increase in the number or partners;
* having a partner who has HPV, was sexually active at a young age or who has had more than one sexual partner.

The NSU says other factors linked to getting cervical cancer include:
* smoking
* the use of oral contraceptives
* a weakened immune system.

Now, the material sent to me by the Ministry of Health, in order to recruit my help in getting home educators into this vaccination programme, does not mention any of these risk factors. Actually, it said virtually nothing of any use at all.

The Ministry of Health website to which I was referred2 does say that the vaccination may only last for five years, but with near-universal vaccinations through the schools’ guinea pigs, they may find it gives longer-lasting protection. The NSU website,1 however, says it may take as long as 20 years for an HPV infection to turn cancerous. It also says that women who have never been sexually active hardly ever develop cervical cancer and that very few women with HPV actually develop the cancer. In addition, getting a tri-annual cervical smear test will eliminate the risk of developing the cancer by 90%. Both sources said that women should continue to get smear tests regardless of whether they ever got the vaccine or not.

After reading all of that unpleasant stuff, I concluded the vaccine was of very little practical value, even if you do accept the flawed and (to many) the outrageous assumption that most teenaged girls are sexually promiscuous. The programme is obviously quite a gold mine to the makers of Gardasil® and keeps a lot of people in the MoH, the MoE, the Office of the Ombudsman and the Privacy Commission all happily busy spending our tax dollars. I have declined getting involved with the programme.

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From: TEACH Bulletin, September 2008, Number 125, P O Box 9064, Palmerston North