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Government action plan for good farming to improve water quality

New Zealand farmers and growers are be encouraged to have farm environmental plans under a new action plan launched by the Government last year. A farm environment plan would remain voluntary nationwide with the government still deciding whether they should be made compulsory, Environment Minister David Parker said at the plan’s launch at the Don Rowlands Centre at Lake Karapiro. “That’s one of the decisions central government is …

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Speaker Profile: Grabbing life by the horns – Wayne Langford

Wayne Langford – Co-op Farmer and Founder of YOLOFarmerNZ, is confirmed to speaker at ProteinTech 2019. Wayne is dairy farmer from Golden Bay and when life got him down, he grabbed his wife and kids, jumped in the car and changed his life forever. Over 700 days later, hear his inspiring story of how this one step, has changed his …

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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. …

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Phyllis Tichinin: Presenting at ProteinTECH 2019

“It’s not the COW, it’s the HOW” Phyllis Tichinin is an Organic Dairy and Pastoral Group plant ecologist. She will be speaking on The Carbon Sequestration Aspects of Grazing Animals in NZ: The Consumer Demand and Human Health. Consumers are attracted to plant based diets for assumed ecological and health benefits. However, vegetable cropping currently uses more energy and chemicals …

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Honour the Microbes and don’t Kick the Cow

Why is it that one carrot just tastes ho-hum and another carrot seems to explode with flavour in your mouth? What’s going on? Aren’t they both just carrots? In short, your ‘wow’ response to the flavourful carrot is your body’s way of telling you to focus on getting more of that item into your mouth.  Flavour is a powerful indicator …

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Summit to address ‘dramatic changes’ in NZ agriculture

This year, the “Grow 2019,” farming conference will tackle some of the big questions about the future of food and fibre in New Zealand. The two-day summit, which was held in Christchurch this April, will look into some of the issues facing the industry, along with the action required to ensure the farming sector is sustainable and profitable into the …

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Speaker Profile: Lain Jager will be at ProteinTECH 2019

Lain Jager – A vision for the New Zealand Food and Fibre Sector. At ProteinTech 2019 he plans to touch base on how a finite biosphere and growing human population necessitates significant change in the global food production system. The significant inertia is already undermining GHG targets and with the planet continuing to warm, the pressure in the sustainability space …

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Alternative Proteins accepted in the U.S., China and India

Researchers from the University of Bath, the Good Food Institute, and the Center for Long Term Priorities collaborated on the first quantitative comparison of consumer attitudes towards plant-based and clean meat across China, India, and the U.S. The open-access, peer-reviewed research was recently published in Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems. With over 3,000 participants surveyed, this exploration of market demand …

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The Meat of the Future? Slaughter Free and Environmentally Friendly

Meat: one of the most discussed food topics of the last years. I’m not a doctor, neither am I a scientist, so I don’t have the appropriate skills to confirm or deny what the various world associations share daily about meat consumption, but one thing is certain – meat consumption hurts the animals and causes pollution. The FAO estimates that …

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Guy Salmon: Confirmed for ProteinTECH 2019

Climate change is a rising concern for our planet, come listen to Guy Salmon who is a confirmed speaker at ProteinTech 2019. See below for what he plans to talk about at the event: Guy is the executive director of Ecologic, a small think tank which provides research, policy advice and consultancy services on strategic issues at the interface of …

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Alternative proteins research published

Beef + Lamb NZ commissioned the study to better understand the shifts in food, food production technology and consumer trends and distinguish the hype from reality. The report shows alternative proteins are likely to become a major competitor to some of New Zealand’s red meat products and the sector must respond with a clear strategy. It found that although alternative …

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Alternative proteins an opportunity, not a threat

Alternative proteins have been making the headlines recently, with some suggesting they pose a threat to New Zealand’s agricultural sector. ASB’s GM for Rural Business Richard Hegan spoke to The Country’s Jamie Mackay, saying he sees potential rather than danger when it comes to plant-based proteins. “I firmly believe there’s an opportunity for both existing pastoral production and also alternative …

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Rod Oram: MC for ProteinTECH 2019

The global food system will change radically over the next few decades. Its goal is to deliver more and healthier food while contributing to the revitalisation of the ecosystem. Quite simply, the issues are healthy food and healthy planet. New Zealand, as a leading innovator of agricultural systems, has some critical roles to play at home and abroad. Read on …

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Barnett Sporkin-Morrison – International Guest Speaker at ProteinTech 2019

Barnett Sporkin-Morrison is an Advisor from The Alternative Protein Show run by Olivia Fox Cabane across the United States of America. Barnett specializes in Agriculture economy, including consumer and producer decision making. He combines his life experiences with an academic leaning towards transaction cost economics/new institutional economics and interaction sociology. The Alternative Protein Show was a big hit in January, …

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Food for thought at New Zealand AgriFood Week

The future of New Zealand’s food story was shaped this month as thousands walked through the gates of this year’s New Zealand AgriFood week, in association with ASB. ‘Food for Who?’ is the theme of this year’s event which runs from 11-16 March in Palmerston North, and is delivered by the Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA). ASB as the main …

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Focusing on the need for farming change

The first woman to stand for director of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says she wants to transform how richer countries farm animals, though she kept clear of suggesting any decrease in the global herd, writes Eloise Gibson. French civil servant Catherine Geslain-Laneelle is the European Union’s candidate to lead the international body coordinating efforts to fight hunger, which …

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Meet ProteinTECH 2019’s Keynote Speaker: Shama Lee

Shama is reimagining the food system with innovative engineering. Starting with meat, her breakthrough startup Sunfed uses clean technology to make delectable meat without the animal. Shama’s goal is to create healthy and nourishing end-to-end food systems from the soil to the water to the human that is globally scalable. Food is the foundation of human health, and the largest …