Steve Hart acting Element editor
In a packed issue of Element we look at the options being offered to the country’s farmers – to help them not only save money on power costs, but to work smarter and reduce their impact on our land and water.
It’s a difficult balancing act, particularly for dairy farmers who have great opportunities to sell milk powder abroad, while at the same time needing to carefully manage the resources of precious land and water.
We look at how riparian planting is being promoted to help prevent unwanted animal mess seeping into our rivers, and how some regional councils are actively promoting the options to beef and dairy farmers.
There’s plenty that can be done, and with a bit of thought, planning and investment, the country may just about be able to hang on to its 100 percent pure image.
Another key export is our wine, and it appears that New Zealand wineries are ahead of the game when it comes to sustainability. In fact, they are world leaders with a number of our vineyards having won international accolades for sustainability.
Elsewhere, we look at solar power and how it really is becoming a genuine option with the prices of panels coming down and their efficiency to generate power rising exponentially.
Also in this edition we take the Mitsubishi Outlander electric hybrid for a test drive, and report on the widespread colony collapse disorder affecting honeybees.