Excuse to pollute 'appalling'
Excuse to pollute 'appalling'
Fish & Game NZ is
appalled that the dairy sector is using the removal of
nitrogen inhibiting products from the market as an excuse
for more pollution to enter New Zealand’s
“Fonterra Shareholder’s Council has
signalled as much,” says Fish & Game chief executive Bryce
Johnson, “practically demanding that regional councils
lower nitrate pollution targets.
“It is utter arrogance
for a sector which is already reaping significant
environmental subsidies to use this as an excuse for
affected farmers to maintain their artificially elevated
stocking rates and further pollute the public’s freshwater
“An environmentally and socially responsible
industry would employ alternative measures to compensate,
not say ‘Oh well, it’s back to business as usual
The withdrawn products were seen as a means of
helping reduce dairying’s impact on water by reducing the
amount of diffuse nitrogen pollution leaching off farms and
Mr Johnson says in their absence regional
councils must not lower pollution targets and instead should
put the onus on the farmers to adhere to environmental
guidelines and reduce the impact by other means.
that requires a reduction in production, then so be it.”
Lesser options that could assist include using less
fertiliser and using it more efficiently, upgrading
irrigation systems and increasing riparian margins adjacent
to flowing waters,” he says.
“The individual farmers
affected by this should meet the costs associated with
ensuring that they aren’t polluting the public’s
“That’s what would be required of
any other business – the dairy sector should not be
treated as a special case and demands for yet more
environmental subsidies should be flatly rejected by
regional councils and the
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