3 November 2008
The Future Of Farming? Checklist For Federated Farmers’ Manifesto
Federated Farmers will launch a manifesto tomorrow morning (Tuesday 4 November) to promote agriculture as the answer New
Zealand’s economic well-being. Launching a manifesto during uncertain economic times provides an opportunity to advocate
for development and agricultural intensification at the expense of our already threatened environment.
• ‘Reform’ of the Resource Management Act to reduce environmental restraints on agricultural developed.
• Claims that farming can’t be green if it’s in the red (in the real future, farming will have to be green to be
in the black).
• Lip service support for environmental sustainability, but as long as there is economic sustainability as the
• Calls for a reduction in DOC’s, regional government and environmental groups ‘interference’ in farming and land
• Greater, easier and cheaper access to freshwater resources for agricultural intensification.
• Claims that improving agricultural environmental performance requires more time and more research, and science
will ‘eventually’ solve environmental degradation, but no restrictions in the interim.
• Calls for agriculture to receive special treatment on the grounds that it is ‘the backbone of New Zealand’ and
deserves a leniency for its adverse environmental effects that is not applied to other industries.
“Federated Farmers suggest that, ‘the future of New Zealand is the future of farming’”, said Bryce Johnson, Chief
Executive of Fish & Game New Zealand, “but if farming is to have any future, it must be environmentally sustainable as a bottom line.”