We need much more of this! excellent article in which an environmentalist in the Taranaki points out that many farmers don't realise the degree to which their "profit" is currently the result of subsidised "free" water, and the ability to be a high carbon emitter and polluter, putting that cost onto the rest of society, not their bottom line. He points out that much farming will cease to be profitable when farmers bear the real cost of their production.

Initially I misread it, thinking that it was a *farmer* who was making these statements. That was what originally made me feel great about the article. Sadly, it's still an us-and-them situation for (mostly dairy) farmers and the rest of us.

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