A recognition of the critical importance of New Zealand’s security of electricity supply, and of the production of food and the role of horticulture to the economic and social wellbeing of New Zealand.
Extremely wet conditions have made it very difficult to grow vegetables in the past few weeks, especially leafy greens. Gardens are under water, plants have been destroyed by the constant rain and, until it stops raining, the plants will not be able to grow. It is also difficult to harvest root...
As better weather means the supply of vegetables is improving, consumers will be noticing prices are returning to what can be expected for this time of year. The best buys are of course, seasonal vegetables. Leafy greens, being predominantly summer vegetables, will remain in shorter supply and that will keep the price...
The2017 KPMG Agribusiness Agenda: The Recipe for Action, released recently, draws the conclusion that, as lifestyle accelerates, consumers are actively seeking out ways to find products that fit into their lifestyles.
Horticulture New Zealand welcomes the Government’s planned increase in grant funding and capital investment towards irrigation and water infrastructure in Budget 2017.
Political talk of new taxes, particularly a water tax, has stirred the primary sector. Growers and farmers across New Zealand are uniting over concerns about proposed new taxes. Let’s be clear, irrigation is vital for the vast majority of our commercially grown fruit and vegetables.
It is good to see mainstream media asking the government to look at food security. In the New Zealand Herald yesterday, Business Editor at Large Liam Dann penned an excellent piece: Why aren’t food prices an election issue?
Reacting to today’s statement from Labour on freshwater, and in the absence of any detailed policy to go with that, Horticulture New Zealand says “let’s not do this”.
Using science and technology to inform sustainable farming practices and reduce adverse environmental impacts will have better outcomes than taxes will, Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman says.
Last week, Horticulture New Zealand released a report on New Zealand’s domestic vegetable production, New Zealand domestic vegetable production: the growing story. One part of the report covers human health, with some of the health statistics simply frightening:
Rain, hail and colder than normal weather will affect the supply of spring vegetables, Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman says.
While Labour has released some more detail about its tax plans today, water tax remains on the table to be introduced in its first term in Government and critical detail around that remains missing, Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman says.
A perfect storm is brewing for New Zealand’s supply of healthy fresh fruit and vegetables that could see us unable to feed our growing population with domestically grown produce, a report from Horticulture New Zealand says.
Water is vital for plants and trees to grow and New Zealand needs to better mitigate droughts that threaten our domestic supply of fresh fruit and vegetables, Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman says.
If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? In the past year, we have taken on the challenge of getting our food story out to urban New Zealand and our local and central government politicians. Along the way, we’ve discovered that a lot of...
Principles that have been developed by the HortNZ Board to guide the organisation's input into the development of a policy for the allocation of nutrients to productive land.
There is a food revolution coming the way of farmers and growers, caused by consumers around the world changing their eating habits. Beef + Lamb NZ recently released an excellent report discussing this trend, along with what it means for the future of meat farming in New Zealand.
Consumer trend reports show that when consumers are asked to pay a premium price for their food, those consumers want to know why it’s worth it; namely, where and how that food was grown. But New Zealand law hasn’t quite caught up with this.
“As people around the world turn towards a more plant-based diet and start looking at the contribution food makes to their general health, horticulture is a growing industry that presents lots of opportunities,” Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman says.
In a letter published in the scientific journal, Nature Climate Change, entitled “Risk of increased food insecurity under stringent global climate change mitigation policy” the authors advise that their “analysis shows that by 2050, the potential for a sizable increase in the risk of hunger is higher in the (Representative...
It’s time to act on food security New Zealand. We cannot take for granted that our fruit and vegetable growers can continue to feed New Zealand, as well as generate increasing export returns to benefit the economy. We need to take a strategic and measured assessment of where we grow our...
Seeing another country’s vegetable growing industry first hand is not only fascinating, but it gives a point for comparison with our industry in New Zealand.
We can have both healthy rivers and healthy food. All that is required is for us to work together as one country and face up to the fact that we are going to need to store water for use during dry periods. In dry times, stored water can maintain river...