People need to become more involved in environmental efforts if civilisation is to survive much longer, a Massey University lecturer says.
The proposal’s a perfect storm of two high-profile issues – overseas ownership of land and the changing landscape of South Island high country stations, especially in the Mackenzie district, where irrigation is turning traditional tussock-land into green pastures.
A massive lodge could be built on what is now Crown land, just 40 metres from the shore of pristine Lake Pukaki.
Dairy and meat are New Zealand’s first and second biggest merchandise exports, worth $11.2 billion and $5.9 billion, respectively, in 2016.
Patrick Barkham writes “There can’t be a more successful tourism marketing campaign than “100% Pure New Zealand”. And New Zealand is seen as a world leader in another respect: how its farmers sell their food globally without government subsidies. But the tension between these two successes has been exposed by Sir Tim Smit, the co-founder of the Eden Project in Cornwall”.
The pressure is on for the Mackenzie District Council (MDC) to notify a plan change to address its vegetation clearance provisions in the rural zone pre-Christmas. Plan change 17 to the MDP introduced a temporary twelve month suspension of an exemption to rules 12.1.1(g) and 12.1.1(h) which control clearance of identified indigenous species. The suspension expires on 24 December 2017.
Technology futurist Dr Rosie Bosworth, Honorary Professor of Agri-Food Systems at Lincoln University Keith Woodford and CE of Beef + Lamb NZ Sam McIvor discuss how much of a disruptive factor synthetic meats are likely to be to New Zealand’s agricultural sector.
Federated Farmers has described an article in a major international magazine that finds fault with New Zealand’s dairy industry as unfairly harsh.
Some 6.6m cattle are now squeezed into the country of 4.7m people, transforming even an iconic arid grassland, the Mackenzie Basin (made famous by the “Lord of the Rings” films), into a tapestry of emerald fields.