Dairy industry working on pollution
Thu, 28 Jun 2012 9:19a.m.
By 3 News online staff
Initiatives to improve water quality in our rivers and streams largely focus on so-called “dirty dairying” - but farmers say that's only part of the problem.
Managing and improving water quality is a key focus of the Federated Farmers national conference currently underway in Auckland, but they say other areas of society also need to step up.
Federated Farmers’ Ian McKenzie says there is “no question” agriculture plays a part in the pollution of rivers, but points out effluence is dumped in Christchurch’s Avon River by the city council.
“Urban population is responsible for 80 percent of the world’s pollution, and that’s water and air pollution,” he told Firstline this morning.
Mr McKenzie says the industry does realise the impact it has on the environment and is taking steps to work on this.
“The dairy industry is about to come out with their second iterance of the Clean Streams Accord […] it’s going to make fencing compulsory,” he says.
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28/06/2012 12:03:23 p.m.
'Urban population is responsible for 80% of the worlds pollution'Then look at the type of pollution.A little organic from farming is much less of a problem than inorganic wastes which are more toxic and dont break down in the enviroment as easliy.Look at the councils of NZ, and if there is a stream, river, or sea around they pour waste into it. The worse polluters in NZ are the councils as even business is regulated to pollute less than our councils.Take any stream/river in NZ. Sample it down its length every km to the sea.Check the polution changes every step of the way, and the worst degrading of quality will be as it passes urban areas. Be it stormwater runoff, or treated sewerage. NZ councils need to clean up their act even more than dairying.
28/06/2012 10:36:53 a.m.
Herd it all before.
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