A 440ha section near Tekapo in the South Island’s Mackenzie Basin will be added to the conservation estate to protect a population of the highly endangered Brachaspis robustus – commonly known as the robust grasshopper.
It’s a wake-up call for all players in New Zealand’s agricultural sector – and the banks that are invested in it – to revise their short- and medium-term strategies.
A culture war is being waged within the Department of Conservation, says a former DOC ecologist who claims he’s been hounded out of the job…………..
In a move that shocked and angered colleagues, Head, who’s based in Christchurch, was suspended in April after photos that he sent to Forest & Bird and Environmental Defence Society, of irrigation pipeline work on public conservation land in the Mackenzie Basin, were sent to the media by someone within those conservation groups.
A photo showing an irrigation pipeline, part of which is on conservation land with significant values, sent by a DOC scientist that led to his suspension.
Craig compares the meat substitute sector to the plant and soy-based milk market which, which when he became a vegan 20 years ago, was virtually non-existent. “You had to go into a health food store to buy almond or soy milk whereas look around the supermarket now and there are aisles of the stuff.”
OPINION: There is great unease within the New Zealand dairy industry. Many farmers feel that the urban community plus a range of events have turned against them. Most are still proud to be dairy farmers but there is lots of stress and anxiety.
A high-profile opponent of an intensive dairy development in the Mackenzie Basin is now negotiating with the farm owner
Does the National Party hate vegetarians? It is a facetious question but also an apt response to the bizarre over-reaction of MP Nathan Guy to the news that Air NZ is offering a meat-free burger on flights from Los Angeles to Auckland.
‘Fake’ animal proteins are set to disrupt world markets – and much faster than our agriculture industry is anticipating, argues food strategist Dr Rosie Bosworth.