New Zealand’s food systems are set to continue to expand, with rising demand, as the country’s population continues to shrink.
The country has been at the forefront of a dramatic shift in how food is produced and consumed, with its major farms being transformed from farming to production of food, food-processing and storage facilities, and the production of agricultural commodities.
The New Zealand Food Institute (NZFAI), a non-profit organisation based in Wellington, was commissioned by the government and is examining what will happen to the countrys food supply, with a new report due this week.
New ZEAN FOOD OUTCOME “In 2050, New Zealand will have a population of 12.3 million people, which will mean that NZFIA predicts that more than 80 percent of New Zealand households will be reliant on agriculture, with the number of households with children and the elderly growing.”
NewZEAN FAMILIES The study states that more people in New Zealand are moving into urban areas, which are expected to drive population growth.
New Zealand is the most populous country in the world with a population growth rate of 2.7% per annum, which is on par with that of Europe.
The researchers also suggest that the country has increased the growth of rural households in New ZEOLITES population.
This, the report states, is because of an increasing reliance on urban infrastructure, including roads and transport.
New ZELVIC FOODS The report concludes that New Zealand has a “unique set of agricultural challenges that can potentially be addressed” in the coming decades.
There are “signs that the world is moving towards a global food system where we need a global network of commercialised foods for our food demand.”
Families need to be able to have a stable supply of locally sourced food in the form of small, reliable meals, as well as locally sourced energy, water and sanitation, it states.
In order to achieve this, “food supply planning and marketisation strategies must be adopted, which may also require a shift towards the commercialisation of agricultural products.”
Food is still very expensive, and food shortages can result.
The NZFAI recommends that the current food system be changed to encourage a return to local food production, as New Zealands current farming system needs to be re-thought.
“This includes re-evaluating current food systems as well and looking at opportunities in other countries.
If food shortages occur in the future, it will be important for New Zealand to build and implement resilient systems that have long-term economic potential,” the report said.
A food security report released by New Zealand in September 2020 predicted the country would have a food security crisis by 2050, which, according to the government, would be caused by the “increased demand for food, especially for children, in urban centres, rural households, and communities.”