[6 October/ News Hub]

Freshwater Ecologist Dr Mike Joy said New Zealand farmers are working on a broken model which is adversely affecting water quality. Dr Joy supposed lack of leadership and a fossil-fuel derived fertiliser and palm kernel dependent system has contributed to this. Dr Joy added the increase in farming on lands that were unsuitable for intense dairying was also a cause of poor quality water. Dr Joy noted the recent Ashburton warning that tap water was causing babies lips to turn blue.