by Steffan Browning
I was interested to hear Landcorp Chief Executive Chris Kelly’s thoughts on National Radio last week about how they get the best out of their farms.
The genetic gains that have been made (without genetic engineering I might add) in breeding means that production rates keep improving.
He very clearly said that “farmers will find that by reducing stock numbers they can actually increase production.”
Reducing stocking densities will have all sorts of good spin offs for the environmental impact of the industry too so we need to be continuing down this path of research.
What we don’t need to be continuing down is the path of genetically engineered crops, as we are finding more and more reasons not to. I am currently travelling around the country with two Australian farmers who are revealing the realities of living with GE crops in their communities. Join us at one of our North Island stops on the tour, the details are here, and here is some more information.
Have a look at some photos from the tour so far: