What is it people don’t understand about food production in New Zealand?
We turn grass into high quality protein via sheep and cattle; we grow lots of superb fruit and vegetables; we grow grain that’s turned into flour.
We do enough of all that to feed ourselves many, many times over.
That food production, the processing, delivery and selling of it are considered essential services and they’ll continue when the country goes into alert level 4 on Wednesday.
There was no need for the panic buying that started a week or two ago and reached frenzy levels at many supermarkets yesterday.
Not only will the farms, factories, transporters and shops keep operating as near to normal as possible, the people who service and supply them will too.
Putting the country into lockdown as the Prime Minister announced yesterday, has never happened before.
Whether it will work to stop community transmission of Covd-19 won’t be known for weeks.
Jobs will be lost, businesses will fail, and there might be other consequences of the shutdown, but the country running out of food will not be one of them.