Sustainable farming takes centre stage

Last updated 05:00 20/11/2012

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Vocal oil and gas exploration critics Climate Justice Taranaki have branched into sustainable farming education with a film festival organised for this weekend.

A Climate Justice Taranaki press release said it had taken on the responsibility to help reduce fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions through education.

"Farming is one industry that contributes a fair chunk of the country's greenhouse gas emissions but it could also be the leading ‘carbon farming' industry if it changes its ways."

The group's Sustainable Farming Film Festival follows on from a Renewable Technology Forum it held last year, which featured information from people who were getting off the grid and installing clean, green energy production.

The Sustainable Farming Film Festival will run from 6pm to 9pm on Saturday at Okato's Hempton Hall with doors opening at 5.30pm.

It will feature three films and three short talks with question and answer time from organic farmers Su Hammond and Roydon Phillips, alongside two farmers from the Association of Biological Farmers.

One of the association's speakers, Malcolm White, lost his daughter to leukaemia seven years ago. He believed agri-chemicals used on his farm were responsible, the statement said.

Since then Mr White had teamed up with the association and now ran a chemical-free farm.

The event is free and food and drinks will be on sale.

The three films are A farm for the future (49 minutes), Aquaculture (31min) and Fresh (1hr 10min).

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