In 1991 the Resource Management Act (R.M.A.) was introduced into New Zealand law. The R.M.A. requires territorial authorities to encourage sustainable and equitable development of communities especially through educational and information processes. Communities are requiring the agricultural industry to be more accountable for its environmental effects and its management of natural resources. In this study, farmers and staff in policy agencies have identified an important role for processors to integrate long term production signals for producers with environmental and resource concerns of consumers. In this way processors can support local educational and information initiatives that strengthen the sustainability of the whole agricultural industry.
Parminter TG 1995. The role of New Zealand agricultural processors in a more sustainable industry. Asia Pacific Agri-industry Community Conference, Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and the New Zealand Institute of Agricultural Science.