From milk and merino to wine and tourism, a new book talks about how New Zealanders are transforming how we make a living off our land.
The New Biological Economy is the second book that has come out of a project funded by the Marsden Fund in 2009. The first book Biological Economies: Experimentation and the politics of agri-food frontiers (Routledge Hardback 2016, paperback 2018) had a more academic focus but this one is written for a public audience.
It poses some key questions:
Do dairy and tourism have a sustainable future?
Can the primary industries keep growing without destroying the natural world?
Does the future of New Zealand lie in high tech or in the innovations of a land-based economy?
It explores how high-volume, low value-add industries in New Zealand can continue to grow – and do so sustainably.
"We can do it with merino, we can do it with meat - and to a certain extent we can probably do it with dairy and with tourism as well," co-author and associate investigator Professor Eric Pawson told Kathryn Ryan of RNZ's Nine to Noon.
Co-author and co-principal investigator Professor Richard Le Heron FRSNZ told Nine to Noon that lessons can be learned from the Māori economy.
New Zealand’s largest waste and environmental services provider, Waste Management NZ, has launched its inaugural sustainability strategy, For Future Generations, which sets out the its sustainability goals.
Wellington researcher Dr Michael Jackson is a step closer to seeing his innovative, sustained-release rat lure products on the global pest control market, with assistance from the KiwiNet Emerging Innovator Programme.