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Local Grain Economy for Aotearoa. November Update.

Local Grain Economy for Aotearoa. November Update.

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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.

Southland Food Tourism

We’re writing the final report for the first stage of the Southland Food Tourism project we’re working on with Great South. It’s been a privilege to do a deep dive on the food stories of this incredible region. We already knew that there was an abundance of producers, history and story-tellers, but the extent of the offering is incredibly exciting and has the potential to lead the way. Watch this space!

Kaitaki Freestyle Stories

Over the last month our Kaitaki - the Eat New Zealand collective of young New Zealand food guides - were given free rein to focus on any NZ food theme they felt strongly about. Take a look at some of their stories below... As Priyanka describes...“The Kaitaki logo design tries to embody the spirit of this collective - on its journey to preserve, celebrate and share food stories of our beloved land, waters and skies.”

Read more from our Kaitaki here...

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A round up of food-focused events, festivals and celebrations happening in the next few months...

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Last week our Communications Specialist Kate Underwood of @relishthememory turned the big 3-0. To mark the occasion it was important to her to showcase at least 30 food-centric New Zealand businesses on the birthday menu. Take a look below and see if you can spot a new producer or ingredient you may not have heard of...
We'd like to acknowledge the generous and ongoing support of our sponsors and partners including ANZ, the Restaurant Association and the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Mauri ora Angela Clifford, CEO Eat New Zealand


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