June 13th, 2012

Fringe farming

I am fifty three years old and for 3 generations our family has farmed cows on the same farm.

Twenty years ago intensification began replacing traditional farming methods and farmers, like myself, were caught up in this drive to reap more milk.

Biological farmers, Jeff and Janice Williams

Biological farmers, Jeff and Janice Williams

I call it the ‘moron theory’ – we’re morons the more we put on. We lathered on fertilizer & nitrogen, filled our paddocks with more stock and feed them stuff our grandfathers had never heard of, like palm kernel.

Fonterra in its drive to grow at 4% year on year is pushing its farmers into this unsustainable model.  They actually promote the use of palm kernel through their subsidiary RD1.

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