Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Agriculture: A 'Strategic' Asset

Agriculture is probably the most valuable, non-military strategic asset in the world. No-one is going to let their agricultural sector fail or sub it out while the world is viewed through the eyes of nations that prefer not to trust each other for essential products, despite the economic sense in it.

This puts New Zealand in a difficult place in regard to its most prolific natural resource – our natural environment and its eminent suitability for producing agricultural produce. By rights, if agriculture were not protected and subsidised in most developed countries, New Zealand would be one of the wealthiest countries in the world, but instead our incomes continue to contract.


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