The feedback from the recent Food Hui has been really exciting and we’re using the momentum to keep pushing forward on some of the areas that will make us the world's leading food nation.
In case you missed it, here’s a wrap-up video from Day Two of the Food Hui.
One of the topics discussed during the day was a Local Grain Economy for Aotearoa. This means ensuring an equitable value chain for our grain farmers, particularly important when we’re trying to diversify our land-use to create better environmental outcomes. Our arable farmers can grow everything from wheat, barley, oats, hemp, soya, beans, peas, pulses and seeds but the value is so low it often ends up as animal feed. They also have to compete with imported commodity-priced ingredients. These ingredients are often invisible on our plates, so we think there’s a job to do celebrating them and our farmers who grow them!
Internationally we can see some great outcomes from creating a visible network or a 'local grain economy’, connecting farmers, bakers, chefs and eaters. So we’ve begun the journey, establishing a WhatsApp group. Already there are amazing growers, bakers, chefs and supporters involved. If you’d like to join the movement, send a message here and we’ll connect you in.