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Every week, Sarah dives deep into one of the key challenges facing farming food & fibre and the rural community that supports it. 


Proudly supported by NZ's largest rural supplies co-operative, the Farmlands' Opinion Maker is broadcast at 7pm every Tuesday NZT on Facebook, YouTube and below, and then available on podcast straight after.


To have your say you can comment with other viewers in the comments on Facebook, YouTube or email sarah@sarahscountry.com.

This week's Opinion Maker

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Like chicken & egg, which one should come first? Shelter or food? NZ’s appetite for housing has us starving for food security. Is it time to be more intergenerational in our planning to the cross-roads we have found ourselves in?


Tuesday 11 May at 7pm, the Opinion Maker focuses on the Our Land Report 2021  with the statistics of land now unavailable for growing food because it’s covered by housing. 


Episode features:

  • Dr. Alison Collins, Departmental Chief Science Advisor, Manatū Mō Te Taiao, Ministry for the Environment.

  • Dr. Vera Power, CE Fertiliser Association NZ

  • Philip Martelli, Resource Management Manager, Western Bay of Plenty District Council

  • Bharat Bhana, Vice-President Potatoes NZ & Pukekohe grower

Next Week: Seeing the wood from the trees

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