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Environment ‘report card’ – In the News

John Kerr posted in on October 23rd, 2015.

The ‘state of the environment’ report Environment Aoteoroa 2015 has received extensive media coverage. Released Wednesday, the report focuses on five areas (air, atmosphere and climate, fresh water, land, and marine) and presents the most reliable and up-to-date statistics. You can read more about the report, including extensive expert commentary collected by the SMC, here. […]

Beef a costly meat – experts respond

Peter Griffin posted in on July 22nd, 2014.

The environmental burdens imposed by beef production far exceed the burdens imposed by other types of livestock and plant staples, according to a US study. Comparing how much feed and therefore land, water and fertiliser was required in US production, dairy, poultry, pork and eggs were quite similar, but beef required 28 times more land, […]

Food safety report spurs government action

John Kerr posted in on December 12th, 2013.

An independent report into the Fonterra botulism scare has been released and the central government has accepted the recommendations put forward. The government this week released the report on the first stage of the Government Inquiry into the Whey Protein Concentrate Contamination Incident and said it will accept in principle all 29 recommendations. The report’s […]

Water quality report in the news

John Kerr posted in on November 21st, 2013.

A report from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment has highlighted the negative impact farming practices are having on New Zealand’s waterways, attracting national news coverage. You can read more about the Commissioners report, Water quality in New Zealand:Land use and nutrient pollution along with independent expert commentary here. The report has been widely covered […]

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Science clear on freshwater quality and trout

John Kerr posted in on July 6th, 2011.

Following claims that trout are responsible for the decline in New Zealand’s freshwater quality, scientists stepped forward to set the record straight. In a speech last week, Federated Farmers Dairy chairperson Lachlan McKenzie, accused introduced fish of contributing significantly to the declining water quality. The Science Media Centre highlighted the reaction from freshwater scientists who felt the […]

Elevated trans fats in dairy supply may be linked to health risk

Dacia Herbulock posted in on October 8th, 2010.

New Zealand Herald’s Chris Barton investigates new evidence of palm kernel-derived trans fats in New Zealand dairy products and their suggested link to polyvascular disease and stroke in at-risk patients. An excerpt: “It’s long been known that naturally occurring trans fats are present in the milk and the meat of ruminant animals such as sheep […]

Southland Times: New system saves hours on milking time

Peter Griffin posted in on June 30th, 2010.

Mark Hotton writes in The Southland Times about a new, Australian-developed system which is helping dairy farmers reduce their milking time. Rather than focusing on milk flow rate to decide when to stop milking, the system uses time, and also targets slower milkers. An excerpt: (read in full here) “Mrs Roskam told workshop attendees at […]

Newsletter Digest: Future electronics, meat consumption and the NZBio and Kea Awards

Peter Griffin posted in on March 26th, 2010.

Life after silicon – future electronics The journal Science gives over much of this week’s issue to the role silicon-based transistors have played in revolutionising computing and the possible way forward as scientists strive for faster, more powerful computers and electronics. Some scientists writing in Science are focusing on the re-engineering of silicon-based transistors while […]

Report: Climate impact of cutting back on cattle questioned

Peter Griffin posted in on March 25th, 2010.

A report presented this week at the 239th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society suggests that despite claims to the contrary, eating less meat and dairy will not have much of a mitigating impact on climate change. That’s because in most developed countries, greenhouse gas emissions from livestock make up a small percentage of […]

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