It is immoral to squander our environment. We have to learn how to be as wise, productive and conservative with our ‘natural capital’ as we learnt to be with our economic capital after farming’s previous bankruptcy.
Water quality and the intensification of farming has become a contentious issue for Canterbury in recent years.
The Environment Court has confirmed when tough new rules restricting development in the Mackenzie district will come into force, which should thwart a dozen consent applications made this year for agricultural intensification and conversion.
Meatless meats and milkless milks seem to be just over the horizon and with many companies aiming to undercut the price of the ‘real’ stuff there’s the potential for a real threat to the New Zealand economy.
The Mackenzie District Council has received 18 submissions to Blue Lake Investment Ltd’s resource consent application, all which oppose the development.
Suggestions that land-use changes in the South Island high country are a ‘train wreck’ have been confirmed by new research, which heaps pressure on the new Government to act quickly before more Mackenzie Basin land is put into private hands through tenure review. David Williams reports.
People need to become more involved in environmental efforts if civilisation is to survive much longer, a Massey University lecturer says.