While the North Island battled the effects of Cyclone Gabrielle, Kate & I headed to Murihiku / Southland who are facing drought. It’s clear to us that the future of New Zealand food - from stories to security, lies in our communities.
Centralised, homogenous, brittle systems will not only leave us hungry, but greatly diminish our aspirations to feed others globally.
The impact of everything from earthquakes to Covid, flooding to drought means its time to reset the New Zealand food system and dig deep into the foundations of what makes us unique and resilient.
Being in Southland and realising the depth, richness and collaboration of those who grow, catch, make and celebrate our food was such a hopeful thing to do. Whatever is thrown at us, letting us develop community sufficiency will hold us in good stead. It will also send a signal to our visitors and those in our export markets that our food is, indeed, made with care - for our people, our animals and all of our natural world.
Angela Clifford, CE Eat New Zealand.
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