November 04, 2018
Joy for land with cow cull
Māori asset managers heading home from the Federation of Māori Authorities conference may be contemplating advice to reduce their herds.
It comes in a new book edited by ecologist Mike Joy and including Māori perspectives from Paul Tapsell, Tina Ngata and economist Peter Fraser.
In Mountains to Sea, Dr Joy looks for solutions to New Zealand’s problems with increased pollution of rivers and streams.
He says intensification of dairy farming in recent decades has broken natural limits, and farming fewer cows will address greenhouse gasses, pollution, and the false economies in the dairy sector.
"We think that intensive dairying is good for the economy but when we look at the cost to all New Zealanders it isn't good for the economy, it's bad for the economy, it's bad for New Zealand to have this level of intensity. The interesting things is if you get rid of 20 percent of cows it's not 20 percent of the pollution you cut down,it's 40, 50 percent because it's pushing past the limit like we've done that is causing a lot of the problems," Dr Joy says.
Mountains to the Sea: Solving New Zealand’s Freshwater Crisis will be published this month by Bridget Williams Books.
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