How Cattle Farmers are protecting the Great Barrier Reef | #GoodMeat
Join ‘Reidy’ from Bondi Rescue as he explores some of the ways Australian cattle farmers are minimising their impact on the Great Barrier Reef .
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Andrew “Reidy” Reid from Bondi Rescue takes us on a journey to discover how cattle farmers are looking after the health of Australian waterways.
QUESTION: How can a farmer hundreds of kilometres from the nearest ocean have an impact on the health of the ocean?
ANSWER: Heavy rainfall can wash away topsoil and other contaminants from grazing land and into waterways, generating potentially harmful consequences for fragile ecosystems such as The Great Barrier Reef. By carefully managing their land and herds cattle farmers are reducing soil runoff and minimising impacts on the Reef.
The Great Barrier Reef is an example of a precious ecosystem that is collectively being looked after by farmers, industry and government. They are continually investing in research, development and extension programs to assist farmers in the best management of their land to improve pasture cover throughout the year and keep soil out of the reef.
Healthy soils and ground cover can contribute to our land and environment by:
1. Reducing water run-off and erosion which in turn protects sensitive ecosystems like the Great Barrier Reef,
2. Capturing nutrients and retaining moisture which are key to pasture growth,
3. Storing large volumes of carbon dioxide, removing it from the atmosphere,
4. Helping trees and other plant species grow, providing shelter and habitats for native animals
Find out more on how the Aussie beef industry is improving the health of the Great Barrier Reef here: http://bit.ly/1IMbQVA
Revisit #GoodMeat Series 1 about animal welfare on cattle feedlots: http://www.target100.com.au/Hungry-for-Info/Good-Meat/Carbon-Footprint-of-Aussie-Beef
Revisit #GoodMeat Series 2 about the carbon footprint of Aussie beef:
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