Small-scale farmers: Saviours of world crop diversity

As much as 75 percent of global seed diversity in staple food crops is held and actively used by a wide range of small farmholders — workers of less than three to seven acres, who are predominantly women. These farmers, who often themselves live precariously, are a living seedbank keeping the genetic diversity of food plants flourishing. […]

Loving Local Food – The Ooooby Story

Starting in 2009 as an online community for people who like to grow food out of our own backyard, the Ooooby phenomenon has seen a huge rate of growth. Here is part of the Ooooby story. To support the cause, sign up for freshly delivered produce at www.ooooby.org, or join in the community at www.ooooby.ning.com. […]

While in global food news…

A rather depressing/unsettling piece from The Telegraph linking the current political unrest in the Middle East and Africa with food supply issues. They point out that the surge in global food prices is hitting hardest the countries with an accelerating gap between rich and poor. So while industry leaders here claim that the NZ economy […]

Selling ourselves short

This isn’t a political blog. But sometimes things just get too crazy out there in the world and you’ve got to write some stuff down and say your piece. Economics is not my forte, I usually avoid it. Resilience, on the other hand, is something I do care deeply about. And the government’s plans to […]