Fonterra, industrial dairy and climate change

A short video outlining the connection between Fonterra, industrial dairying and climate change.

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Industrial Dairy Climate Crimes

Over time, New Zealand's dairy sector has shifted from traditional pasture farming to a far more intensive, corporate industrial model.

It's a new way of farming - pushed by Fonterrra - that is having a huge impact on the environment, rapidly increasing greenhouse gas emissions, eroding the clean and green brand on which New Zealand agriculture is built, and lowering economic returns to farmers.

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Canals dug into the carbon rich peat soils transport valuable logs out of the forests

Image | August 22, 2009 at 20:25

Canals dug into the carbon rich peat soils transport valuable logs out of the forests. The land is drained and remaining foliage and wood is burnt releasing huge amounts of greenhouse gases.

Trucks laden with fresh palm fruit

Image | August 22, 2009 at 20:25

Trucks laden with fresh fruit bunches of palm on the way to palm factories where they will be processed into palm oils and palm based animal feed.

Greenpeace New Zealand communications manager

Image | August 22, 2009 at 20:22

Greenpeace New Zealand communications manager Suzette Jackson stands on former rainforest land, recently cleared and burnt to prepare for the planting of palm.

Pristine rainforest located in a National Park near Jambi

Image | August 22, 2009 at 20:22

Pristine rainforest located in a National Park near Jambi, Sumatra. 72 % of Indonesia's ancient intact forests have been cleared. 15 % of the world's biodiversity resides in Indonesia.

Orangutan orphan rehabilitated into the National Park

Image | August 22, 2009 at 20:22

Orangutan orphan rehabilitated into the National Park. Orangutans are endangered with only 6000 remaining in the wilds of Sumatra. They could disappear in the next decade if the expansion of palm plantations continues unchecked.

Indigenous leader Raji Anis stands on his former land

Image | August 22, 2009 at 20:22

Indigenous leader Raji Anis stands on his land once owned by three neighbouring villages. The land was taken from them by a palm company then cleared and burnt to plant palm.

Devastated rainforest and peatlands

Image | August 22, 2009 at 20:22

Devastated rainforest and peatlands. Canals dug into the carbon rich peat soils transport valuable logs out of the forests.

The Fonterra Connection

Publication | August 22, 2009 at 20:22

Fonterra has introduced supplementary feeds such as imported palm-based animal feed which is changing dairying from pastoral to industrial. Palm-based animal feed imports have increased 2,700 fold since 1999. This is part of an overall trend...

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