Good Farm Stories and the polluted Manawatu

GFSAs Jeanette previewed yesterday, the Greens’ Good Farm Stories website has been launched today.

You can find it here:

There’s a wealth of material, so grab a cup of tea and enjoy!

It’s very timely, given the headline of the DomPost today: “Manawatu River ‘among worst in the West'”. As Russel’s response notes, much of the pollution of the Manawatu comes from farming effluent, nutrient run-off, erosion and damage to tributaries that do not have fences and riparian strips. This photo was taken last year and shows an example of the problems.

Cattle in the Manawatu River

Russel quite rightly says: “Many farmers are taking it upon themselves to improve the situation, but the large-scale changes we need to return the Manawatu to an acceptable level will require Government leadership.”

So the Greens are keen to highlight Good Farm Stories, shine a spotlight on pollution from all sources – Russel notes the contibution of industrial factories like Fonterra and Tui, and town sewage – and push the Government into action.

Because if we don’t, we’ll lose the ecology of our great rivers, the right of the public to enjoy them, our clean and green image and with it our export markets. So what are we waiting for?

7 thoughts on “Good Farm Stories and the polluted Manawatu

  1. Jezza wrote: “I’m starting to come to the opinion that we should have elected water boards like in the Netherlands rather than having water responsibility under the Regional Councils,”

    how would this be better than regional councils having those powers? Is the failure of regional councils to deal with these issues due to some clash with their other responsibilities?

  2. I’m starting to come to the opinion that we should have elected water boards like in the Netherlands rather than having water responsibility under the Regional Councils, if they have the ability to rate like in Netherlands we can make sure our water is protected and water systems maintained…

  3. Those Good Farm Stories look like good farm stories. I’ve only had time to read a couple, but will find time over the weekend to read the remainder. The seeds of excellent farming practice are in there and the project Jeanette has undertaken is a very good one. I don’t believe it will have the effect of ‘legitimizing’ bad farming but will help in the process of normalising good farming. Is the conventional farming community being directed to these stories? Something for them to ruminate on whilst the bulky’s busy spreading urea out on farm.

  4. As to the issue of best farm practice – sustainable environment and as part of our “climate change” effort, farmers tend to highlight the cost of the investment to change their farming.

    Perhaps the government should lend them the money – with the interest on this debt adding to this (no need to pay annual interest on the debt, but this would be a voluntary option) until they sell the farm and then part of the money from the farm sale is used to repay this debt to government. A variation on student loans.

    Thus there is no financial barrier to fast change.

  5. gee..! about a ‘good farm’ story where the food is grown and the animals are loved..

    not abused/killed and eaten..


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