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Environment Report Shows Harm from Dairy Sector: Greenpeace

22 April 2019

NEW ZEALAND - Greenpeace wants fewer cows and more regulation, saying the dairy industry has been allowed to run riot and wreak havoc on the environment.

The latest state of the environment report, released last Thursday, shows the national dairy herd grew by 70 percent between 1994 and 2017, increasing the level of nitrogen getting into waterways.

The report said 94 percent of the river lengths in urban areas are not swimmable, that figure is 82 percent for rural river lengths.

It also found that between 1996 and 2012 more than 70,000 hectares of native vegetation was converted to pasture, forestry and urban areas.

Greenpeace spokesperson Steve Abel said the report painted a comprehensively damning picture of the dairy industry, which is harming biodiversity, rivers and lakes.

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Source: Radio NZ

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