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Farming in the Age of Disrupted Food

Alternative proteins, plant-based diets, climate change, evolving animal ethics. Welcome to the disrupted food system. As Kiwi food producers, now is the time to ask hard questions about how we got here and where we go next. Let’s start with a story from an old farmer. Matt Rothe heads a sustainable food program at Stanford University, and his grandfather bought …

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Opening the farm gates

Metaphorically speaking, dairy farmers have closed their farm gates in recent times for fear of criticism, but this now needs to change, says Federated Farmers dairy vice-chairman Wayne Langford. “The farm gates need to be opened again so that we can show what we are doing, but also see what our communities want us to be doing. “As dairy farmers, …

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Farmers must fight back now

Farmers need to engage emotionally with their sector’s environmental critics, highlighting their links to the land, Fairlie Basin farmer Mark Adams told Beef + Lamb’s annual meeting in Timaru. “We can come across as entitled and defensive but fact-based. “When our stewardship is challenged we get defensive and stop listening,” he said. Farmers should match emotional arguments their critics use. …