Filthy dairy can't hide environmental damage
who as we found out last year only pays $1500 in tax) will argue, 'why should we 'cost' ourselves money by selling cheaply to NZers when the foreign market produces so much demand'?
The answer of course is that we the domestic consumer already pay a pollution cost in the production of that dairy product and this cost should be acknowledged by making the end product cheaper while also offsetting the environmental damage. The environmental cost of dairy is massive and no amount of free milk can hide this fact.
Tasman Dairy farmers were caught out this month cheating the pollution figures...
Under the latest accord figures, 69 per cent of Fonterra farmers told the company their stock was excluded from permanent waterways on their properties deeper than a Red Band gumboot and wider than a stride. However, a representative audit by the Ministry of Agriculture of 35 of those farms found that the actual figure was just 17 per cent, the second-worst result behind Marlborough with 8 per cent. Nationally, MAF found 42 per cent of 587 farms inspected excluded stock from waterways, just half of what Fonterra's survey of farmers suggested.
...while the punishment handed out for those farmers actively destroying the environment is so pitiful, this $20 000 fine against one farmer actually amounted to a measly 45 cents per litre of effluent he discharged into Lake Ellesmere.
Agriculture is our economic back bone, that won't ever change, but the amount of power the dairy monopoly have been able to gain warps our political values and damages our environment while price gouging those who have to live with that water pollution.
Our investment in tomorrow must focus itself with investment into the technology that makes farming far more sustainable as opposed to intensification. Sadly the National Party is the political expression of the Farmers and the Rich, and will not temper their friends greed in any way shape or form.