More effort needed to reduce environmental impact of dairying, Fonterra says

Posted 29/11/2018

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New Zealand's largest company Fonterra says it has some work to do to reduce its environmental impact.

Fonterra has just published its second annual sustainability report covering its economic, social and environmental impacts for the 2017/18 dairy season.

The 98-page report covers a wide range of topics including animal welfare, biosecurity, water, climate change and community development.

Fonterra's director of sustainability, Carolyn Mortland, said its environmental ambitions and targets required the most effort.

"This report shows we've got some work to do to reduce our environmental impact, and a great role to play in providing people with natural and nutritious food," she said.

"We really need to reduce our environmental impact... that's the hard stuff... and our focus is on climate change, water and waste," Ms Mortland said.

The report shows in the season just ended more farmers had their milk collection suspended because they did not fence off waterways: up from 78 in the 2016/17 dairy season to 90 in 2017/18.

A further eight farmers were handed notices for not meeting farm effluent requirements.

Ms Mortland believed this showed the company was getting tough on farmers who weren't meeting their environmental obligations.

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