The Solution

Page - September 14, 2016
Greenpeace is not and never has been “anti-farming”. In fact we see working with the land to produce food to feed people as one of the best professions around.

But we can’t keep farming the way we are if we want the best for our rivers, climate and farmers.

We’re advocating a win-win way forward. It's called ecological farming. If the word “ecological” sounds too complicated, try “better”, “sustainable” or “smarter”. 

Eco-farming combines modern science and innovation with respect for nature and biodiversity. It protects the soil, water and climate. It ensures healthy farming and healthy food. It does not contaminate the environment with chemical inputs or use genetically engineered crops. It doesn’t put more stock on land than that land can sustain, it doesn’t use palm kernel as supplementary feed, and it doesn’t require irrigation.

Eco-farming works with, rather than against, natural ecosystems - protecting and using them to improve soil and water health,control weeds, pests and diseases and create resilience.

This is the ticket to healthy livestock, healthy crops, and healthy bottom lines.

Studies prove this. Here in New Zealand an AgResearch report found that a low-input system with less cows per hectare and no chemical nitrogen fertilizer produced the most 

milk per cow per year. The study also confirmed the low input system to be the best environmental performer, the least financially risky and is most profitable when milk-price payouts are low.

Many New Zealand farmers are already switched on to this, rejecting high input intensive dairying and running profitable, low-input, environmentally-sound farms.

It’s not just about dairying though.

Through ecological farming New Zealand could be producing clean, green, high-value food products across the board. This is what the world’s consumers are increasingly demanding - food with integrity.