Before this summer was fully in swing, much of the country was already in drought. For a country that has become the world’s largest exporter of dairy products and the 8th largest milk producer this was not good news. Forest & Bird is concerned the proposed solution to this is to build expensive water storage schemes in the form of dams to allow irrigation to intensify land use which in turn will increase nutrient pollution on our precious rivers.

Climate change will make farming dairy harder in drier regions. But instead of farming within limits – matching crop type to climatic conditions, we go on taking more water, in denial that our waterways are suffering.

We think it’s time to work with nature, not against. Innovate not irrigate.

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