The parlous state of our freshwater ecosystems is just one signal that we face a more widespread, and unprecedented, environmental crisis.
New Zealand’s dairy industry is big business. But what are the hidden – and not so hidden – costs of intensive farming? Evidence presented here by ecologist Mike Joy demonstrates that intensive dairy farming has degraded our freshwater rivers, streams and lakes to an alarming degree. This situation, he argues, has arisen primarily through governmental policy that prioritises short-term economic growth over long-term environmental sustainability. This BWB Text is a call to arms, urging New Zealand to change course or risk the wellbeing of future generations.
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BWB Texts are short books on big subjects by great New Zealand writers. Commissioned as short digital-first works, BWB Texts unlock diverse stories, insights and analysis from the best of our past, present and future New Zealand writing.
'Milkshakedown', Finnius Teppett, Salient, 10 April 2016
'Waterways in crisis - Joy', Peter Shand, Northern Advocate, 10 December 2015
Mike Joy was awarded the Reo mō te Awa River Voice Award at the New Zealand River Awards 2015! He was recognised as an outstanding communicator about the issues facing New Zealand’s rivers and streams.
'River stance', Rebecca Macfie, New Zealand Listener, 26 November 2015
Mike Joy on Radio Waatea, Waatea News, 20 November 2015