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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  • tarkwin

    It’s a good idea and it works well. Of course the Greens will hate it.

  • Pissedoffyouth

    Fuck the Greens so much – they get their shit in the way of restoring the environment

  • tspoon

    They’re making it unaffordable for cows to buy a first home….

    • richard.b

      Those cows will be on the next plane to Aus if the Gweens aren’t careful.

    • cows4me

      Don’t know about the first home tspoon but I sure would not want to be buying my first farm. I feel sorry for the young that wish to go farming, damn near impossible to own your own farm. We will end up being serfs in our own country.
      As an aside, All drilling waste for the East Coast is trucked to Taranaki for disposal here. Seems the poor little dears don’t want that stuff near them and pay us to take it. Oh well more money for our local community.

      • Patrick

        C4Me – where is “here” – I know of one instance where waste was being trucked from Taranaki up to the west coast in Franklin, seems a hell of a long way to truck waste & made many suspicious of just what was being dumped & why no one in Taranaki wanted it. In the end it was stopped – by the council I believe.

  • Col

    Noddy Normans a little busy at the moment, he is talking to the Russians, I think the deal is, we will let them go if you Noddy Norman do our embassy garden free for the next 10 years.

  • David Broome

    Dr Edmeades nails it and the report is right here:


    “Based on the available evidence it is concluded that the Taranaki ‘Landfarms’ are
    ‘fit for purpose’ in terms of pastoral farming and particular dairy farming. This
    conclusion is based on considering the concentrations of nutrients (both macro
    and micro), heavy metals, barium and petrochemical hydrocarbons residues in
    both the soils and pastures at 3 sites.

    The re-contoured sand dunes, after the inclusion of the drilling wastes (as per
    the consents), and with the addition of appropriate fertilisers and water
    (irrigation) are capable of producing high quality clover-based pastures and thus
    increasing the value of the land from about $3-4000/ha to $30-40,000/ha.”

  • Kopua Cowboy

    Dr Edmeades is a national treasure. Long may he continue to pour sunlight on the environmental fraudsters