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My Daily Digest: November 25, 2020

Farming goals will determine plant-based roles The Primary Industries’ summit this week heard from researchers looking into ways of creating new plant-based proteins out of crops that grow well in New Zealand.

They’re looking at rape seed, oats, quinoa and other plants that NZ can grow at scale.

Plant proteins probably aren’t going to make animal proteins redundant, but they may be a very useful product food producers can use to diversify into to add some resilience to their farming systems.

Still, as a regenerative farmer said, crops like oats take more fertiliser than he was willing to use in his light-touch system.

As always, it’s a decision each farmer needs to make with their unique farm in mind.

One size never fits all.


Bryan Gibson


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Tonight on Sarah’s Country 

7:10pm – Farm freshwater plans are set to become an industry requirement following the government’s reforms. AbacusBio consultant Simon Glennie gives his advice.  

7:20pm – After 87 years the Ahuwhenua Trophy Award has been won by a horticultural operation. Chair Kingi Smiler shares the successes from the event.  

7:30pm – New Zealand trade officials have given the EU and UK an earful over their plans to carve up agricultural import quotas. Trade commentator Charles Finny has the latest.  

7:40pm – How important is the safety and sustainability of food packaging? Scion’s Dr Florian Graichen explains. 


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