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Are we losing our most valuable soils to urban expansion?

Recently, TV3's NewsHub alerted New Zealanders to the loss of some of our best quality soils to urban expansion [watch the story here]. There has been a tendency in New Zealand to think of ourselves as a country rich with fertile, soils, capable of producing food almost without limit. But in fact a mere five percent of our soils have the fertility required to produce vegetables and other high-value crops. Unfortunately much of this five percent is concentrated around urban areas where there is an ongoing pressure for land for urban expansion. NewsHub's Isobel Ewing focused her story on Pukekohe, long known as New Zealand's most important foodbasket. Owing to proximity to land-hungry Auckland

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