WELL DUUUUUH. IT’S NOT LIKE IT WAS A SECRET WHO HAVE BEEN POLLUTING OUR WATER WAYS FOR 40 ODD YEARS. NOW STOP THE POLLUTION AND PAY TO FIX A PROBLEM YOU FARMERS CAUSED. OF COURSE THIS GUY HAS SWEET F.A. TO WITH WITH FONTERRA SO DOES NOT ACTUALLY MEAN THEY WILL ADRESS THE PAST AND PAY FOR THE DAMAGE.
AND GOOD ON TVNZ FOR DOING SOME ACTUAL REPORTING AND NOT JUST BEING LAZY AND MAKING SENSATIONAL STORIES UP. HAVE THEY GOT RID OF THE USELESS NEWS HEAD THEN?
Federated Farmers has admitted New Zealand’s growing dairy herd is posing problems for the environment and says farmers are doing something about it.
Massey University Environmental scientist Dr Mike Joy says nearly half of New Zealand’s lakes and 90% of the country’s lowland rivers are polluted.
Federated Farmers new president Bruce Wills told TVNZ’s Q A programme farmers have an obligation to farm sustainably.
Wills said agriculture gives New Zealand a competitive advantage but must be balanced with environmental concerns.
Wills said some farmers are on track with sustainable practices, but others need to step up.
“Farmers want clean water, like everybody else in society. We are progressing towards that – well, in some areas, not as quickly as I would like,” he said.
“I think there is some groups that need to step up their obligation to the environmental footprint. You know, 26% of our total export income comes from dairy. It is what we’re good at here in New Zealand. We’ve got schools to run, hospitals to run, bills to pay.”
He said the dairying industry pays New Zealand’s bills and helps shield the country from the same economic fate as some other countries.
Joy told Q A the pollution of waterways is getting worse and the big problem is the number of cows.
He said politicians have done nothing about intensification and more than 60% of our native fish are now threatened.
“Does that sound like a clean green country that has 60% of its freshwater fish (threatened)?”
The national dairy herd is 5.9 million, nearly twice the number of 25 years ago. And in the South Island there are 2.1 million, nearly seven times as many cows as there were six years ago.
The main worry about the cow numbers is nitrogen from their urine leeching into soil and water.
Each cow produces 14 times more waste than a human being. The total herd in New Zealand is therefore equivalent to more than 80 million people.
However, Wills said dairying is getting the lion’s share of the blame, but there’s a whole lot of other factors contributing to pollution of waterways, such as town sewerage systems.
“No question, farmers put their hands up and say, ‘We are part of the water issue.’ But farmers do want to do something about it, and they are doing something about it.”
Wills said he represents a new era.
“There’s a real mood amongst the farming community to keep in balance the road to profitability and prosperity, but keep in balance with that, their environmental obligations.
“And I can tell you that for the people I talk to and see in the farms that I regularly visit, there is good progress in meeting these environmental obligations that we need to meet,” he said.
FONTERRA GAVE ONE MILLION DOLLARS TOWARDS THE CLEAN UP OF LAKE ELLESMERE TO MAKE UP FOR FORTY YEARS OF POLLUTION AND DESTROYING ITS ECOSYSTEM. THEY ARE SUCH GOOD BASTARDS.
THE COUNTRY AND FONTERRA NEED TO LOOK TO THE FUTURE.
This from Kevin Hague MP……
Fonterra’s move to confine its take of organic milk to the Waikato and Bay of Plenty will cripple New Zealand’s organic dairy sector the Green Party said today.
“Organic dairy is the future of dairy in New Zealand and Fonterra are actively putting off this transition,” Green Party agriculture spokesperson Kevin Hague said.
“Fonterra is using its monopolistic power in a way that massively disadvantages dairy farmers who have converted to organic or who are in the process of converting.
“It will also raise the price and limit availability for consumers who want organic dairy products.
“Organics give New Zealand dairy a competitive advantage for value-added products. Fonterra should be supporting farmers who have, and who wish to, convert to organic farming.
“We need Fonterra to support organic clusters throughout the country. This would eliminate shipping costs and provide the efficiencies that Fonterra is looking for.”
Mr Hague said that given the poor state of our waterways, conversion to organic farming is an easy way to cut nitrate pollution.
“The whole industry needs to clean up its practices because healthy rivers are essential for a healthy economy. Our clean and green brand underpins our dairy industry.
“Converting to organic dairying is one way to protect and enhance our 100% pure brand, and build a clean green economy that works for everyone,” said Mr Hague.
UPDATE – GOT THE GOODS. THE REAL POINT IS GET FONTERRA TO DROP THEIR PRICES, SO WE HAVE TO KNOW WHERE TO GET OTHER MANUFACTURERS PRODUCT. THANKS FOR HELPING
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SO WE CAN MAKE INFORMED CHOICES AND BUY FROM OTHER MANUFACTURERS. DO IT AND TELL FRIENDS.
COME ON KIWIS. THIS GETS YOU ANGRY? THE PRICE OF A RUGBY SHIRT IS HARDLY AN ISSUE FACING MOST NEW ZEALANDERS. BUT THE PRICE OF MILK SURE AS HELL IS. USE YOUR ENERGY IN A WAY THAT WILL ACTUALLY HELP PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY. MAKE A CHOICE AT THE DAIRY AND SUPERMARKET OF WHERE YOU ACTUALLY SPEND YOUR MONEY