Alan Wills writes:
OPINION: A couple of generations ago most New Zealanders had either come off a farm, had relations who were farming or knew people on the land.
We were a farming nation.
Everyone, including successive governments, understood this great country of ours was built on farming. Somehow this narrative has been lost over a relatively short period of time.
With diversification of our economy, urbanisation of our people, immigration and for a whole host of other reasons, farmers are now almost public enemy number one in the minds of some folk.
Certain political and environment groups are milking (no pun intended) that notion for all it's worth.