For Federated Farmers leader Katie Milne, the biggest problem facing agriculture today is disconnection.Read More
Social Licence Debate
Dr Rolleston says that a bottom-up approach to the issues will yield the best results, in other words: working catchment by catchment, engaging farmers and getting them to work together to solve major issues. The issue at the moment, he feels, is getting the new Labour Government on board with this strategy.Read More
“Social license is a really technical term and I think talking about ‘social license’ is unhelpful to the target audience. The term is sort of ‘industry speak’; we know what we mean by it, but I don’t think it resonates with the public and I think by using it as a term publicly you give off the wrong impression- that being that it can be given and taken away.”Read More
“I think the media played a big part in creating this idea of a divide, and have exaggerated it beyond reality. The reality is that most people are actually really willing to sit around a table and carry out these discussions around the effects of agricultural projects in a reasoned, democratic manner.”Read More
Farmers' "social licence to operate " is coming under increasing question - particularly in the area of water rights.
AgriView commissioned Tom McDougall to produce a series of interviews with prominent agricultural leaders who have grappled with the underlying issues.
The first is with Ian Mackenzie, who was Federated Farmers' appointee to the Land and Water Forum.Read More
The public debate about agriculture and its relationship with the environment was a feature of our 2017 general election and will continue.
A key issue at the heart of the polarised debate in our communities is the impacts of agriculture on waterways and water quality.
AgriView seeks to provide a perspective based on scientific research in the interests of informed decision making and public understanding. To this end we are going to commission background articles on the many issues which affect the social licence of agriculture to produce food security and wealth for our society.Read More