Our Rivers, By Dr Mike Joy

At home New Zealanders are repeatedly told that they must accept the many evident environmental impacts resulting from intensive agriculture because it is the “backbone of the economy”.  Implicit in this message is that it’s the economy or the environment. 
But, it is simply not true that environment impacts are inevitable, in fact it’s the opposite - the most economically viable farms have smallest impacts and in reality the economy is dependent on a health environment not vice versa.

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