The state of our land and environment has come under intense scrutiny in the latest report from Stats NZ and the Environment Ministry. Our Land 2021 has painted a dire picture showing land needed for food production disappearing under the growing need for housing. Between 2002 and 2019, 54 percent of productive land disappeared. More than 200 growers in Auckland alone sold up in the past 10 years, as their land was rezoned residential. Horticulture New Zealand is not surprised by the report and says action needs to be taken and strong policy is the only way to future proof food production. Chief Executive Mike Chapman says it is time for the Government to adopt policy for councils to follow when making decisions on land use.
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