You can’t always spot a good farm from the over the fence – a tidy farm is not always a good farm – sustainable farming is more about decision making,Â about seeing the benefits of a triple bottom line approach
Murray Harris joined the Otago Catchment Board as a soil conservator in 1973, eventually becoming Land Manager for the Otago Regional Council. Â Since then he has run Land and Forest specialising in land and forest environmental matters. Â In 2002, he co-authored the Soil Conservation Technical Manual. Â Â In 2012 he was made a honorary member of the NZ Association of Resource Management. Â We talk about how approaches to sustainable land use have developed since the 1970s, and current challenges of Â land and water quality including riparian management and Â farm effluent.
Environmental management is not a cost issue, it’s a part of farming business – get on with it.
Shane’s number of the week: 60. Â Sixty percent of China’s ground water resource is polluted leading to tensions between unbridled industrialisation and environmental concerns (Xinhua).