MBIE releases report into future of food and farming

Published: 29 March 2019

MBIE has released a report identifying global mega trends likely to affect the future of food and farming, and the implications for New Zealand’s science and innovation system.

The report was commissioned from Sapere Research Group and includes a review of international literature and interviews with international experts and New Zealand science providers.

The report identifies three international mega trends: enhanced environmental consciousness, new technological developments and transformational science, and changing consumer preferences and other trends.

Dr Marcos Pelenur, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Manager of Science Policy, says that MBIE will use these results to help inform science investment plans to contribute to a dynamic science system that enriches New Zealand.

 “The report identifies mega trends that may shape the future of food and farming, and also any capacity and capability gaps in areas that will impact upon New Zealand’s ability to respond to these trends.”

The report finds that global consumers are increasingly demanding products that fulfil a growing range of environmental demands and incorporate new technological developments and transformational science. It also finds that in addition to environmental and welfare concerns, consumers will continue to raise demand for quality, food safety, health benefits, provenance, ethics and biosecurity.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment commissioned this report to better understand the role of science and innovation in responding to potentially disruptive and transformative changes in agriculture and food production.

The full report is available on our website [PDF, 576 KB].

Last updated: 29 March 2019