Friday, July 1, 2022

My Daily Digest: April 15, 2021

Trading cucumbers for concrete The Ministry for the Environment has released a stocktake of land-use in New Zealand that shows our prime, fertile soils are being overrun by houses. This is an own goal of epic proportions.

Yes, there’s a housing crisis and we need many more of them built very quickly.

But there are plenty of places that can happen. The land that grows most of the veges on the supermarket shelves is not one of them.

It’s not like we can just move the market gardens down the road – those crops are picky when it comes to soil and climate.

Protections are on the way and they can’t come soon enough.

We’ve already lost enough cucumbers to concrete.


Bryan Gibson


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