Greens Plan Levy on Nitrate Pollution from Dairy Farming

According to Radio NZ, the move announced Saturday morning (2 September) is part of the party’s plan to protect New Zealand’s waterways.
Its leader, James Shaw, said the party wants to stop the causes of water pollution and will pay farmers to help them move to less polluting, more sustainable and profitable ways of operating.
He said the party, if it were in government, would invest in the Sustainable Farming Fund and introduce a fund to support organic farming alongside a new sustainability accreditation scheme.
Mr Shaw said this would be paid for by a nitrate pollution levy on dairy farmers who continue to pollute the soils and water.
He said nitrate pollution was already measured by a modelling system called Overseer.
“The average dairy farm would pay no more than five percent of their pre-tax profits. So that’s the average and it would be no more than that. What’s really important is that farmers would be able to get that money back by applying to the funds that we’re setting up.”
The Green Party would also place a moratorium on any more farms being converted to dairy, and instead support organic farming.
Mr Shaw said the policy would tackle the cause of polluted rivers and not just the symptoms.


Source: TheCattleSite News Desk


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One Comment;

  1. Phillip Lakeland said:

    Unbelievable, more crap, to deal with. hasn’t anyone every told the greens that nothing, not one scarp of waste has left the earth. Its either been buried or ploughed into the ground or re-used/Recycled. We are creating the biggest pile of of rubbish. get real, it will take a lot more than stopping a few cows from shitting on the ground, to get rid of the pollution from this earth, this is a global problem not an isolated one.


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