Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Eating the Elephant


The next wave of Kiwi farming innovation

The next wave of Kiwi farming innovation

David EadeFeb 20, 2024
Our future place in the world may be defined by the quality of the meat and milk we help others to grow, says David Eade.

The courage to punch above your weight

Daniel EbFeb 8, 2024
There’s much to admire in New Zealand, but is it really making the most of what it has, asks Daniel Eb.

Risk, reward and dead rats

Ben AndersonFeb 1, 2024
NZ has to reconsider its place in the world and what it wants to achieve, says Ben Anderson.

The Liar’s Dice: a beautifully simple game

Phil WeirJan 25, 2024
Many a true word is shared in a game of bluffing your mates, Phil Weir discovers.


Lessons from the hard year that was 2023

Lessons from the hard year that was 2023

Daniel EbJan 11, 2024
Daniel Eb predicts that last year embodied the sort of upheaval we will have to learn to live with.
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Fruit cakes and season’s greetings

Phil WeirDec 12, 2023
Sand in the togs and uncles ahoy are some of Phil Weir’s Christmas memories.
A lesson for farmers from the Danakil Depression

A lesson for farmers from the Danakil Depression

Ben AndersonDec 4, 2023
Stoicism has its place, but merely trudging along should not be our default, says Ben Anderson.
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A dance for the ages: balancing art and science

David EadeNov 27, 2023
It is the farmers who navigate this dance through the agricultural year that leave a lasting legacy, writes David Eade.
Some useful lessons from the in-laws

Some useful lessons from the in-laws

Phil WeirOct 27, 2023
Phil Weir takes insights from renovating the family home and extends them to the borders of his farm.
The media are not out to get farming

The media are not out to get farming

Daniel EbOct 22, 2023
The work of journalists, like the work of farmers, really matters to society and they can be an easy target when things go wrong, says Daniel Eb.
Harness the power of not being a dick

Harness the power of not being a dick

Ben AndersonOct 13, 2023
With the way things are going, farmers are going to need to get better at winning friends, says Ben Anderson.
The case for calm on alternative proteins

The case for calm on alternative proteins

David EadeOct 6, 2023
Whatever the vehicle, we are on the road to a sustainable menu, David Eade says.
Dear Chris, please see beyond the next three years 

Dear Chris, please see beyond the next three years 

David EadeSep 29, 2023
We need a nature-based solution to meet two extremely pressing needs, says David Eade.
Dear Chris, ignore the deer-culler’s dog

Dear Chris, ignore the deer-culler’s dog

Ben AndersonSep 25, 2023
Ben Anderson asks the next prime minister for less nostalgia about farming in NZ and more fresh thinking.
Dear Chris, let’s stop pretending everything is okay

Dear Chris, let’s stop pretending everything is okay

Daniel EbSep 15, 2023
Daniel Eb wants the next prime minister of New Zealand to step up and stop pretending everything is business as usual.
Dear Chris, let’s have a kōrero

Dear Chris, let’s have a kōrero

Phil WeirSep 11, 2023
In this series, the Eating the Elephant columnists each write to the next prime minister. This week, Phil Weir puts pen to paper.
Innovation is more than just a side dish

Innovation is more than just a side dish

David EadeSep 1, 2023
David Eade recalls a food-production lightbulb moment in the Netherlands.
Work’s begun on the moat around our farmily business

Work’s begun on the moat around our farmily business

Daniel EbAug 25, 2023
Right now it’s a shallow ditch with promise, and we are going to need help to deepen it, says Daniel Eb.
I love producing a commodity. Here’s why

I love producing a commodity. Here’s why

Phil WeirAug 18, 2023
Phil Weir on the risks and benefits of being the primary producer.
Farming by the peasants, for the peasants

Farming by the peasants, for the peasants

Ben AndersonAug 11, 2023
Ben Anderson reckons he no longer has to take what the market dishes out.
Keep your collaboration. I want a restructure

Keep your collaboration. I want a restructure

Phil WeirAug 4, 2023
The work to support better farm practices or improved market access falls by the wayside as industry-good bodies fixate on government policy, says Waikato farmer Phil Weir.
Working out how to meet the moment

Working out how to meet the moment

David EadeJul 28, 2023
Putting the consumer first might be one way to sharpen our focus as farmers, says David Eade.
Tradition meets transformation as a family changes its farm

Tradition meets transformation as a family changes its farm

Daniel EbJul 21, 2023
The speed of change – too fast, too slow – is tough for everyone to negotiate but they’re trying, writes Daniel Eb.
Change will deliver us from the wolf

Change will deliver us from the wolf

Ben AndersonJul 19, 2023
It’s hard to see change as a positive when you feel under threat, says Ben Anderson.