Intensive dairy farming is tarnishing NZ's clean, green image [Opinion]

Posted 26/11/2019

Source: Stuff

 

 

Pristine freshwater lakes and rivers are the jewel in our country's crown but New Zealand's dairy industry doesn't align with those ideals. (FILE PHOTO)

 

OPINION: As the Government looks at new fresh water rules New Zealand has to discuss the elephant in the room; the industry that we are best known for - the dairy industry.

Pristine freshwater lakes and rivers are the jewel in our country's crown, the backbone of our ability to portray an authentic clean, healthy, vibrant image to the world. This image is worth billions to our tourism and export trade and people want to visit this paradise and consume our food products.

Many people in New Zealand have reported that clean, healthy waterways are their number one concern for those reasons.

But we, as a country, are changing in ways that do not align with our freshwater ideals. Since 1994, the number of dairy cattle has increased by 70 per cent and this has had a negative effect on our waterways.

 

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