Helping farms with productivity while achieving conservation

Rural Exchange 10/03/2018

Kris Johnson, associate director Science and Planning for not-for-profit The Nature Conservancy, is making the rounds in New Zealand to help Kiwi farmers make their farms more productive while achieving conservation gains.

Mr Johnson explained that The Nature Conservancy always takes science into account when advising groups.

“We first want to get an understanding of where we can add value,” he said.

The Nature Conservancy is first speaking to local councils, industry leaders and farmers to try to understand the landscape of New Zealand’s farming industry. 

Mr Johnson’s arrival comes just after Greenpeace International called out New Zealand in a report for its “unhealthy dependence on dirty intensive dairy farming and bulk low-value milk powder.”

Watch the full interview with Kris Johnson above.

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