Ban Synthetic Nitrogen Fertiliser

Synthetic Nitrogen fertiliser props up industrial dairying. It is used to grow too much grass for too many cows, polluting our rivers and warming the climate.

But we don’t need it. There is a better way to farm and New Zealand can lead the world in practising it.

Together, we can move towards regenerative farming. A way of farming that works with nature, not against it. But to do that, we need to get rid of the enablers of the old, destructive system. We need to ban synthetic nitrogen fertiliser.

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  • Hamilton
    Ban Synthetic Nitrogen Fertiliser: Waikato Regional Council
    Synthetic Nitrogen fertiliser props up industrial dairying. It is used to grow too much grass for too many cows, polluting our rivers and warming the climate. But we don’t need it. There is a better way to farm and New Zealand can lead the world in practising it. Together, we can move towards regenerative farming. A way of farming that works with nature, not against it. But to do that, we need to get rid of the enablers of the old, destructive system. We need to ban synthetic nitrogen fertiliser.
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  • Ban Synthetic Nitrogen Fertiliser: Canterbury Regional Council (ECAN)
    Synthetic Nitrogen fertiliser props up industrial dairying. It is used to grow too much grass for too many cows, polluting our rivers and warming the climate. But we don’t need it. There is a better way to farm and New Zealand can lead the world in practising it. Together, we can move towards regenerative farming. A way of farming that works with nature, not against it. But to do that, we need to get rid of the enablers of the old, destructive system. We need to ban synthetic nitrogen fertiliser.
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  • Ban Synthetic Nitrogen Fertiliser: Northland Regional Council
    Synthetic Nitrogen fertiliser props up industrial dairying. It is used to grow too much grass for too many cows, polluting our rivers and warming the climate. But we don’t need it. There is a better way to farm and New Zealand can lead the world in practising it. Together, we can move towards regenerative farming. A way of farming that works with nature, not against it. But to do that, we need to get rid of the enablers of the old, destructive system. We need to ban synthetic nitrogen fertiliser.
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  • Wellington
    Ban Synthetic Nitrogen Fertiliser: Chris Laidlaw, Wellington Council
    Synthetic Nitrogen Fertiliser props up industrial dairy farming. It is used to grow too much grass for too many cows, polluting our rivers and warming the climate. Since 1990, dairy cow numbers in New Zealand have more than doubled, whilst the use of Synthetic Nitrogen fertiliser has increased seven-fold (from 1990 to 2015). The dairy industry is now the country’s single biggest emitter of greenhouse gases and is causing huge pollution in our waterways. The runoff from Synthetic Nitrogen Fertilisers pollutes our rivers and oceans, contaminating drinking water and killing wildlife. The scale of this is so huge, that 70% of our rivers are now too polluted to swim in. When applied, Synthetic Nitrogen Fertiliser directly causes nitrous oxide emissions, a gas that's 289 times worse for the climate than CO2 and the most ozone-depleting one to boot. It's no surprise that agriculture is currently responsible for 49% of New Zealand's emissions. But, we don’t need to use Synthetic Nitrogen Fertiliser. There is a better way to farm and New Zealand can become world leaders in practising it. Together, we can support farmers to move towards regenerative farming. A way of farming that works with nature, not against it. There are farmers in New Zealand who are already farming regeneratively, and the practices they are using offer a genuine solution to the environmental crises we face. This environmentally responsible approach not only eliminates the need for Synthetic Nitrogen Fertiliser, it has also been proven to be able to sequester carbon rather than emit it, rebuild biodiversity rather than diminish it, purify water rather than pollute it, and build healthy soil rather than degrade it. To do all this, we need to get rid of the enablers of the old, destructive system. We need to ban Synthetic Nitrogen fertiliser. Help Wellington become a leader in supporting sustainable agriculture.
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  • Auckland
    Remove Synthetic Nitrogen Fertiliser from our soil and waterways: Phil Goff, Auckland Council
    Synthetic Nitrogen fertiliser props up industrial dairying. It is used to grow too much grass for too many cows, polluting our rivers and warming the climate. But we don’t need it. There is a better way to farm and New Zealand can lead the world in practising it. Together, we can move towards regenerative farming. A way of farming that works with nature, not against it. But to do that, we need to get rid of the enablers of an old, destructive system. We need to ban synthetic nitrogen fertiliser. New Zealanders should have clean water to drink, clean rivers to swim in and a safe climate to enjoy. Dairy cow numbers have doubled since 1990, and in this same period the use of synthetic nitrogen fertiliser has increased seven-fold (from 1990 to 2015). The dairy industry is now the country’s single biggest emitter of greenhouse gases and is causing huge pollution in our waterways. 70% of our rivers are now too polluted to even swim in. There are farmers in New Zealand who are already farming regeneratively without using synthetic nitrogen. These farms and the revolutionary practices they are developing and using offer a genuine solution to the environmental crises we face. This environmentally responsible approach not only eliminates the need for synthetic nitrogen fertiliser, it has also been proven to be able to sequester carbon rather than emit it, rebuild biodiversity rather than diminish it, purify water rather than pollute it, and build healthy soil rather than degrade it. Let's transform Auckland into a city we can all be proud of.
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