CategoryBiodiversity

Regenerative Farming Enhances Finances the Environment and Farmer Mental Health

Regenerate farming

How long can New Zealand rural leadership continue to ignore regenerative farming insights and techniques? Again, Australian farmers are proving how regenerative farming insights and techniques outperform traditional farming. Regenerative Australian grazers develop a different skill set allowing them to be profitable whilst enhancing biodiversity. These same skills also enhance farmer well-being...

New Zealand’s foresters should not be punished for managing their forests sustainably

The New Zealand Institute for Forestry (NZIF) advocates for the adoption of an integrated land use policy for New Zealand. NZIF members’ interests are for more forests for conservation, production, urban forestry, recreation, biodiversity and wellbeing. Forests’ role in New Zealand’s future requires a wider societal debate. The future of forestry in New Zealand depends on the community’s...

Farming for Nutrient Density – Honour the Microbes and don’t Kick the Cow

Why is it that one carrot just tastes ho-hum and another carrot seems to explode with flavour in your mouth? What’s going on? Aren’t they both just carrots? In short, your ‘wow’ response to the flavourful carrot is your body’s way of telling you to focus on getting more of that item into your mouth.  Flavour is a powerful indicator of the mineral and antioxidant content of food. Flavour sets up a...

The People Centred Approach to Technology that is Making a Difference in our Communities

The ‘Sanitation in Challenging Environments’ programme came about from discussions between Engineers Without Borders New Zealand and Engineers Without Borders Australia professionals on placement in Cambodia. They were each working with different local organisations and each organisation was confronted by similar challenges and barriers to their work in increasing access to improved...

Harnessing Nature’s Genius

The sixth in a series of profiles of New Zealand business leaders utilising technological solutions for a zero-emission future, Pure Advantage and Westpac highlight business leaders taking that leap and look into what it might take to finance the transition as well as the resultant opportunities of a Net Zero NZ. When Damien Fleetwood gazes out from his third-floor office at the Institute for...

Bee-ing Frank About the Future

There is still some confusion over the health of the bee population in New Zealand. Some argue that bee populations are stable or increasing, while others suggest that bee populations are rapidly declining. The short answer is that wild bee populations are declining, and while managed hive numbers are increasing, honey yield isn’t. This is a clear example of diminishing returns (increased inputs...

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