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Green vegetables grow at the feet of big mountains

Green vegetables and hydroponics combine nicely when consumers are close but productive land is scarce Green vegetables are best produced close to where people live.  But nature often needs a little help to make it happen.  That is where glasshouses … Continue reading

Posted in horticulture, Land and water, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

A resource-based perspective on immigration

Any debate on immigration has to consider the fixed natural resources that have to be spread across increasing numbers of citizens A recent article by Professor Spoonley at interest.co.nz  has laid out the demographic aspects of immigration. Spoonley illustrates how … Continue reading

Posted in macroeconomics, The economy, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Can strong wool find a new El Dorado?

There are opportunities for strong wool based on quality and sustainability but it needs action plus applied R&D rather than more reports There was a time when strong wool was used widely for garments. That included woollen underwear, woollen shirts, … Continue reading

Posted in Agribusiness, Uncategorized, Wool | 4 Comments

Rugby’s role in a greater South Pacific strategic reset

In a COVID-affected world we need to think outside the square. Here is one idea as to how New Zealand can both help itself and its South Pacific neighbours, linking sport, tourism and the economy. This article is about rugby, … Continue reading

Posted in The economy, Uncategorized | 8 Comments

COVID-19 scenarios are becoming increasingly evident

Despite the uncertainties, there is emerging evidence as to how COVID-19 is now likely to play out, both in New Zealand and across the globe. Identifying these scenarios is fundamental to subsequent response strategies for economic recovery There are two … Continue reading

Posted in China, COVID-19, Uncategorized | 18 Comments

Declining dairy farm values are likely to continue

Dairy farm values have been declining now for well over a year and there is no sign they will stabilise. The key issue is a lack of buyers with the necessary finance. The implications are starting to get serious. There … Continue reading

Posted in Agribusiness, Dairy, Uncategorized | 12 Comments

Fonterra resolves Chilean dispute with buy-out

Fonterra’s announcement that it is purchasing the minority shareholding interests in Chilean dairy company Prolesur solves an acrimonious relationship between Fonterra and the Fundación Isabel Aninat. This may prove to be an early step in the rationalisation and eventual divestment … Continue reading

Posted in Agribusiness, Chile, Dairy, Fonterra, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

New A2 milk research provides digestive and cognitive evidence in young children

A new paper relating to A2 milk has been published this month in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition (JPGN). The paper provides strong evidence from a clinical trial with pre-school children in China that A1 beta-casein relative to … Continue reading

Posted in A1 and A2 milk, China, Dairy, Uncategorized | 15 Comments

Where to for Chiwi agrifood

The current plan for Chinese Yili to buy Westland Co-operative Dairy has brought renewed discussion about the role of China within New Zealand agrifood industries. Of course, the Westland issue is just one part of a much greater issue about … Continue reading

Posted in Agribusiness, China, Dairy, Meat Industry, Uncategorized | 9 Comments

Wilding pines march across the Wakatipu landscape

The Wakatipu Basin, with Queenstown as its main town and Arrowtown a secondary town, is a key location for the war between wilding pines and humans. On the human side, the war is led by the Department of Conservation (DOC), … Continue reading

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