Over the last decade Fonterra’s increasingly industrial approach to dairying has introduced supplementary feeds such as palm kernel expeller (PKE) from South East Asia. Palm kernel imports are expected to reach well over 1 million tonnes this year from virtually nothing in 1999. This is part of an overall shift from pastoral to industrial dairying in New Zealand. As a result, agriculture is now responsible for 49 per cent of NZ's domestic greenhouse gas emissions.
There is no need for New Zealand’s dairy products to be produced at the expense of tropical rainforests, endangered orangutans, New Zealand’s clean green reputation, or the climate.