Story: Soils

Urban fringe, Waitara

Urban fringe, Waitara

Most cities and towns in New Zealand were established on flat, fertile land good for growing food. However, subsequent urban growth has covered these original gardens and subsumed the surrounding farmland. A paradox has emerged: as the town's population grows and the demand for food increases, the land available for growing food is being diminished.

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Reference: Les Molloy, Soils in the New Zealand landscape: the living mantle. Lincoln: , 1988, plate 14.13
Photograph by Quentin Christie

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Allan Hewitt, 'Soils - What makes a good soil?', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 May 2022)

Story by Allan Hewitt, published 24 Sep 2007