Bludging Farmers should pay the True Costs of Pollution

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So far no farmer or farmer representative has been willing to provide an un-edit post on why farmers should be given a free right to pollute.

To give some economic context to the nitrogen health issue, a high producing Canterbury dairy farm under irrigation leaches 130 kilograms of nitrogen for every hectare, every year.  

Just one kg of nitrogen will pollute just over 88 cubic metres of water from pure to the level where it is undrinkable. A typical irrigated farm of 400 hectares will thus pollute 4.6 million cubic meters of water every year. To remove that leached nitrate to make it drinkable again will cost somewhere between 50 cents and $1 per cubic metre. So for that polluted water from a single large farm to be made safe for human consumption would cost at least $2 million, many times more than the profit on the farm to pollute it.

These figures are shocking, even if they are skewed why should New Zealanders have to pay for bludging farmers to pollute even if their pollution doesn’t cost anywhere near as much as what is claimed above.


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