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While snug in my bubble, over the past month I’ve enjoyed watching announcements of Ballance Farm Environment Awards regional winners on our YouTube channel. While not the same as being there in person, it’s been an effective way of highlighting some of the great things happening across the farms and orchards of New Zealand.
Over the past week, the country feels like it has returned to the new normal. My kids returned to school and my wife and I were able to enjoy great New Zealand food in our favourite local restaurant. But many New Zealanders face an uncertain future. Food production is the only sector strongly positioned to lead the country out of recession.
Globally, there's renewed focus on food safety and food security. We can expect that demand will increase for high-quality, trusted and healthy food that's produced to the highest standards. And we should be optimistic that our management of the COVID-19 crisis will support our food producers being given the recognition they deserve. In this respect, showcasing our innovative food producers will become even more important – we have shared some of their stories below.
We're grateful for the continued support we get from our network of volunteers and partners. Despite the challenges ahead, at times like these I feel grateful to live in New Zealand.