The Reserve Bank is warning banks to be "far more prudent" about lending to dairy farmers, but says it doesn't see mycoplasma bovis as a threat to financial stability.
Rod Oram reviews the Productivity Commission's landmark report on moving to a carbon-neutral economy. He finds a wealth of insight on the task ahead, but no analysis of what happens if we fail or what a radical disruption might look like.
Drivers face massive fuel cost hikes and a ban on petrol and diesel engine vehicles within 15 years, while farmers will have to radically change land use if New Zealand is to become carbon neutral by 2050. Bernard Hickey reports.
Rod Oram looks at the challenges for New Zealand's red meat farmers in a world where plant-based meat imitations are already being rolled out through US fast foot chains and lab-grown meat is five to 10 years away from mass production.
In today's email we looked at the latest stats on migration and business confidence, and asked whether 16 year olds should be able to vote.
Rod Oram details the latest in agricultural industry innovation unveiled at a conference in Wellington and looks at whether New Zealand is being too complacent and not investing enough in new technology and systems to fend off the coming disruptions of cellular and urban agriculture.
In today's email we looked at the Prime Minister's comments on big land sales before the Overseas Investment Office, the challenges facing the implementation of the new digital curriculum in schools, and the latest in politics and the economy.
In today's email we detail the latest developments as we move toward a new Government.
New Zealand's chief scientist says synthetic foods pose a real threat to agricultural exporters, but better regulation of genetic modification could create an equally large opportunity, Lynn Grieveson reports.
Rod Oram takes a look in this week's column at the future of farming. He argues it's time for farmers to stop squandering their natural capital and avoid an environmental bankruptcy, in the same way farmers dug themselves out of financial bankruptcy in the late 1980s.