Posted on Nov 02, 2020
Warnings of an acute shortage of workers to harvest food crops in New Zealand are growing. But the problem – and potential solution are more complex than they may seem, and give rise to the question: ‘Is food too cheap?”
Posted on Oct 19, 2020
Covid-19 has forced us to rethink our relationship with food. Customers are shifting from bricks and mortar restaurants to the efficiency of home delivery systems.
Posted on Jun 02, 2020
Because of Covid-19, New Zealanders have encountered food insecurity for the first time. Supermarket shelves have been emptied and restrictions were placed on the quantity and volume of items that could be purchased.The global pandemic has demonstrated how fragile our food systems have become. In locked-down New Zealand, there were concerns that fruit and vegetable crops would be left to rot.
Posted on Mar 30, 2020
The current grip of the Covid-19 coronavirus on the world reinforces many things – one of the most significant is our reliance on other nations for trade and, specifically, the reliance on transportation systems to move manufactured goods, food and ingredients around the globe.
Posted on Mar 09, 2020
I happened upon a conversation the other day between a GP and a patient – the patient was heading to remote lands and was interested in what precautions and / or vaccinations would be required.
Posted on Nov 05, 2019
A recent report by US and UK-based future ‘think tank’ RethinkX (Protein technology to collapse animal farming within 10 years – NZ Herald 8 October), understandably caused ripples in New Zealand, with our heavy economic reliance on primary industries.
Posted on Jul 14, 2019
The sound and texture of food often have as much to do with the enjoyment of eating as the taste; and, often, the way with which we enjoy food is culturally determined. While we would venture to say that universally, everyone wants to get that last bit out of the milkshake container, and while slurping soup in Shanghai is encouraged, slurping your tea in Kensington is very much frowned upon.
Posted on Jul 10, 2019
The most conscious shopper can make decisions about the packaging they buy, the distance their food travels, or can choose against buying overfished stocks. But yet, we lack the power to know exactly how our food gets to us. The food chain, to this day, is only transparent where it is convenient for it to be so. So, can we look to the law to protect us from making decisions that are only based on potentially biased information provided to us as consumers?
Posted on Jun 30, 2019
The annual IFT Conference is always a showcase of the new and innovative, and this year was no different. Around 16,000 food industry folk wandered through the doors of the convention centre in New Orleans to be impressed, intimidated, or inspired. The Expo stretched for what seemed like miles – around 1,000 exhibitors touting all sorts of wares – new flavours, ingredients, testing and monitoring ...