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Happy Food Diversity Day!

Happy Food Diversity Day!

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Just before Christmas the NZ Government announced they would be supporting the COP15 Global Biodiversity Targets. Biodiversity loss in Aotearoa New Zealand is caused by our land and ocean use decisions.

For example we have less than 10% of our original wetlands left and 90% of our seabirds are threatened. The decisions we make about the food we eat have a huge impact on te taiao or our natural world, including our own health as a species within it.

For this reason we’re supporting efforts in the UK towards a Food Diversity Day. This is being led by BBC food reporter Dan Saladino.

You can follow along on Instagram: @eating2extinct or visit www.fooddiversityday.com for ways to help celebrate and save food diversity.

The Kaitaki, our next-generation food leaders have considered the importance of diversity in everything from our soil microbes, our gut microbiome, our seeds, our wild kai and our cultivated foods. We hope you enjoy these stories.

We’ll be continuing our biodiversity theme throughout the year, come at us if this is something you want to contribute to as well. Together we can imagine and realise a healthy, diverse and thriving food system.

Ngā mihi o te rā o kai rerenga rauropu (Happy Food Diversity Day).

Angela Clifford, CE Eat New Zealand.


#KnowYourFarmer #KnowYourFisher #EatNZGrains #GrowFoodCommunities #EatNZKaitaki #RepurposeTheSurplus #LotOfLittle #FoodDiversityDay

Learn more about #FoodDiversityDay

A Taste of the Kaitaki Stories

Here are the stories that our Eat New Zealand Kaitaki have produced which speak to food diversity and biodiversity in all its forms.

Here you'll find recipes, videos, short and long-form stories, personal growing experiments and more scientific pieces that encourage us all to eat, grow and live with biodiversity in mind.

Take me to the #EatNZKaitaki Stories

Support our Kaitaki at WOAP

We're super excited to let you know that some of our Eat NZ Kaitaki crew will be joining forces with Chef and Eat NZ Founder Giulio Sturla to host a one-off event in Wellington on Thursday 11th May 2023 as part of VISA Wellington on a Plate.

We're looking for a sponsor who is motivated and inspired to get behind and/or work alongside some of our best next-generation chefs from across the motu.

The dinner will touch on full utilisation, biodiversity, and reducing food waste, using techniques such as fermentation.

This is a small monetary sponsorship opportunity (to the value of $2500). It will cover cost of entry fee, group management/event planning and funds to help support our Kaitaki travelling to Wellington in May.

This opportunity may suit any food-related business who is passionate about connecting with our future food leaders.

If this sounds like you - get in touch by emailing kate@eatnewzealand.nz.

We'd like to acknowledge the generous and ongoing support of our sponsors and partners including the Ministry for Primary Industries, Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment, Our Land and Water & Foundation for Arable Research.


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