Purposeful Young Professionals
I'm new to this forum, but wanted to add that there is a move by many farmers to produce more off their own farms and use NZ sourced feeds such as wheat and barley etc and use less PKE.
I will shortly be running some nutrition workshops to increase dairy farmers nutritional skills, help them get more off their own farms (sustainably) and know what to supplement with. If you know any dairy farmers please pass on the link www.daisys.co.nz
Linking palm kernel use to climate change...
A new report released today indicates that Fonterra’s continued use of palm kernel expeller (PKE) as a supplementary feed on dairy farms could have produced up to 8.9 million tonnes of carbon emissions. That’s the equivalent to 12 per cent of New Zealand’s entire annual greenhouse gas emissions.
Greenpeace reports that:
The huge carbon footprint of palm kernel is due to the well-documented destruction of both rainforests and carbon rich peatlands in Indonesia and Malaysia by the palm industry. As it expands to meet the growing global demand for PKE, along with its co-products crude palm oil, and palm kernel oil more and more forest and pealand is cleared and converted to palm plantation. These forests and peatlands are vital for storing greenhouse gases which when released help drive climate change. Indeed, tropical forest destruction is responsible for around a fifth of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
I think this information does not always get to the general farming population. I just put the greenpeace video on my facebook.
My father is a dairy farmer and owns a large farm in the South island. He used to use palm kernal as a supplimentary feed. In the last year his farm adviser advised him to use an alternative feed (maise from the neighbours farm - GEE you cant get any closer!). I think her advice was based more on the perception of the product than the actual long term environmental damage it causes. Farm advisers play a very important role in advising best practice and i feel pressure should be put on farm advisers. It cuts straight to an indivdual rather than the machine of farming fonterra. An indivdual can feel pressure and slightly vulnerable if professional advice they give is controversal. Feeding livestock imported palm kernal is controversal!
I encourage other people to add Nicks page or the green peace video link to their facebook sites.
Nice work Nick