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My Daily Digest: October 23, 2020

Consumer awareness impacts food production We’ve known for years now that consumers the world over are becoming more engaged with the stories behind the food they eat. They want to make sure it’s sustainable and that the land and people involved in its production are treated with respect.

That engagement is only increasing and not only are people more discerning about provenance, they’re widening their palates as well.

Lincoln University research shows 40% of Americans are planning to reduce meat consumption. That number rises to 60% in Canada.

People will still eat meat but they’ll become more picky. They’ll want the best, in smaller amounts. 

What does that mean for New Zealand? We need to take a look at the diversity of our food production systems and create an industry that produces a range of high-quality foods that are in harmony with the environment. Otherwise the world might pick some other food to eat.


Bryan Gibson


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