Monthly Archives: October 2012

The way you’d farm if you farmed yourself


This story is also posted at http://www.pastureharmonies.org Think for a moment that you’re a Western consumer contemplating buying some animal protein for dinner that night. Faced with an array of red and white meat choices, you have a tiny thought … Continue reading

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Let’s accept now that the ATI will find it very difficult to kick off by February next year


By the look of things, maybe we should accept, now, that the Advanced Technology Institute won’t be up and running by 1 Feb 2012. This was a two-month postponement from the original 1 November 2012 date – but the way … Continue reading

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For want of a name our agriculture flounders


Every story has a name – except the one which describes our agriculture. This, I argue, is one of the reasons we struggle to tell people around the world and in our cities about what exactly is and has been … Continue reading

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Foolproof market validation tool for those of us who would be fools


‘Foolproof’ (great title) has been inspired by much of a working life immersed in entrepreneurial startups. Its author, Jenny Douché likes to think of the 188 page book as a resource for anyone looking to create or grow a business. … Continue reading

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If we imagine beyond the actuality of how we produce….


This post also appears at http://www.pastureharmonies.org Science has served New Zealand agriculture extremely well. It should and needs to do so in the future. It is also that pragmatic rationale approach that has delivered and developed a wonderfully integrated on-farm … Continue reading

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Getting to a BLISful state a long and winding road


Dunedin-based BLIS’s oral cavity probiotic products have “spent a long time on the runway”, as it chief executive Dr Barry Richardson described the other day. (Briefly wearing a journalist hat, I interviewed Richardson for BusinessDesk). There’s a certain irony in … Continue reading

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Standing for nothing does our agriculture a big non-favour


This story also appears at http://www.pastureharmonies.org If you stand for nothing; does that mean anything is acceptable….or not? This is the dilemma for NZ Inc agriculture as AgResearch announces the recent success of ‘Daisy’ a cow genetically modified to produce … Continue reading

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New media + books = Literary Angels: friend recommendations set to fly


Literary Angels, a Facebook (with other social media to come) book socialising, tracking and selling tool, could be exactly what the publishing industry has been looking for. LA sets up a unique identity for a hard copy or e-book, allowing … Continue reading

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Should we bother trying to get consumers closer to farmers?


This post can also be seen at http://www.pastureharmonies.org It is often said that farmers need to get closer to consumers. And while it is possible, and some marketers have set up the facility to, for a bar code (or QR … Continue reading

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