[Business Day: NZ Farmer/ 13 June]

A new book, The New Zealand Land & Food Annual, from Massey University Press concludes that with the fall in dairy prices major parts of the New Zealand’s primary industries are in crisis.  The book, edited by Clare Massey (Agri-Food Director at the University), explores through a series of essays the state of milk, marketing and alternatives under the subtitle of ‘Why waste a good crisis? The end of the white gold fever and rethinking agribusiness’.  Ms Massey, who grew up on a family dairy farm that supplied the local co-op, recognises the pressures and challenges farmers face today are significantly greater than 50 years ago as they work to protect their social license to farm.  She adds that it was time New Zealanders had a conversation about the intensification of agriculture, a topic discussed in the book, along with trade, sheep milking, protection from food fraud, water use, the environment and climate change.  The book, which contains 22 essays, includes contributions from experts in their fields including farmers, bankers, scientists, economists, manufacturers and exporters.

Information about the book is available here http://www.masseypress.ac.nz/books/all/all/the-new-zealand-land-food-annual