The Government is investing in two new research projects to investigate the impacts of “regenerative farming” practices.
As NZIAHS members are aware, this is a contentious issue in science circles. Questions have been raised about the definition of “regenerative” farming and growing and cautions sounded about the need for zealous champions of regenerative practices to base their enthusiasm on reliable New Zealand research data, not on something reported from countries with different conditions and farming methods.
Mr O’Connor announced the government is contributing $2.8 million to a $3.85 million five-year project with co-investment by Synlait Milk and Danone that aims to understand how to measure and manage soil health to boost environmental and economic performance on New Zealand farms.
The announcement on Sunday coincided with World Soil Day, which aimed to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining healthy ecosystems and human well-being by addressing the growing challenges in soil management, fighting soil salinization, increasing soil awareness and encouraging societies to improve soil health.
“We simply cannot take soil health for granted,” O”Connor said.
“It’s the basis of our food systems, and also New Zealand’s economic health.” Continue reading