I’m taking my recent Arable Food Champion award, (given by Federated Farmers and the arable food industry), as a sign that we’re on the right track working towards a Local Grain Economy for Aotearoa. It’s such an important sector because it makes up so much of what we eat (and drink); from breakfast cereal to bread, pasta, noodles and biscuits to hummus, pies and even beer. It’s what we import the most of, and ensuring we have resilient, secure local production in such uncertain times feels like important work.
I’m so proud to work with some incredible arable farmers who are the kings and queens of mixed farm systems, something that will undoubtedly be an important part of our agricultural landscape and food-growing future.
And speaking of the future, this week is the last chance to apply to become an Eat New Zealand Kaitaki. Our cohort of next generation food leaders telling the Aotearoa Food story span the food system, from farmers & fishers to chefs & creatives. Just reading the applications so far fills me with hope and excitement.
We’re so grateful to Our Land and Water National Science Challenge for sharing our vision.
Noho ora mai.
Angela Clifford, CE Eat New Zealand.
Also in this newsletter...
- Kaitaki Zoom Kōrero explores Revitalise te Taiao
- Last Chance to register for Walk the Talk; Virtual Food Summit: 17th Aug
Note: Kaitaki Applications close this Wednesday 17th August at 5pm.
Apply now to become an Eat NZ Kaitaki 2022/2023