What’s the bet the Green’s will say the science isn’t settled on this one?

A reader emails about this news:

Given Fonterra’s issues this year I will understand if they keep their ban on milk from these farms in place for now.  The Green’s response will be interesting…

I grew up on a farm in the “Naki” and have a reasonable knowledge of farming, growing plants, and soil.  I never saw the problem with taking a few thousand metres of drilling core from above an oil or gas deposit and spreading it on sandy soils to improve the quality of the land.  I always thought it was the perfect “green” solution; no chemicals, nothing that could add to “greenhouse gases” just a totally natural solution to a problem of poor soil and a waste by-product being put to good environmental use. 

The reports he speaks of show that landfarming is perfectly safe.

An independent report on landfarming in Taranaki has vindicated the science behind the process, Taranaki Regional Council boss of environmental quality Gary Bedford says.

In a report commissioned by the council, soil scientist Doug Edmeades, of AgKnowledge Ltd in Hamilton, set out to see if landfarms in Taranaki were fit for pastoral farming, in particular dairy farming.

Dr Edmeades investigated soil fertility, heavy metal and barium concentrates and petrochemical residues in the soil at three landfarming sites in the region.

The report found that landfarming made sandy, coastal farmland ten times better for dairying.

“The process of landfarming these otherwise very poor soils, together with appropriate management has increased the agronomic value of the land from about $3000-5000/ha to $30,000-40,000/ha.”

Mr Bedford said the report confirmed what the council had always maintained about landfarms.

“We’re satisfied we’re getting the science right but we hadn’t asked anybody to look at this from a farming perspective.”

The Greens are usually first to claim the science is settled when it suits them, but with fracking and probably with this issue they never agree with the science.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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