With the whole world currently coming to terms with the vast problem of climate change, farmers are under tremendous pressure to reduce their environmental footprint. But organic farmers have already done much of the hard graft…
Stuart Luxton, Fonterra’s Organic Business Development Manager and an ODPG Member, says:
Incoming regulations will impact farmers who have the biggest environmental footprint and won’t impact organic farmers as much. Nitrogen leaching is a classic one – on a bell curve, organic farmers will generally be at the bottom end of that bell curve. Organic farmers are also farming differently – using diverse pastures and generally on a longer round, which means more carbon sequestration in the soil – especially compared to farmers who are cropping a lot or using chemical fertilisers.
Read more from Stuart Luxton in this article from NZ Farm Life Media: