Geography Of Dairy Farming

BY: JEMIMA HENRY

Environmental Impacts Of Dairy Farming

1. production of milk has large impacts on the environment. cows produce methane and nitrous oxide in their digestive system. These greenhouse gases 21 and 296 times stronger than carbon dioxide. therefore, the dairy industry contributes to 3% of the greenhouse gas emissions.

2. one cow can produce up to 54KG of wet manure per day. cows manure pollutes water and soil and can disturb the natural nutrient balance needed for normal plant growth.

3. the Australian dairy industry is responsible for using mass amounts of water and land. In 2005, the industry used 19% of all water needed for the agriculture industry. this is more than 12% of all the water used in Australian.

4. deforestation occurs for the need to produce cattle feed.

Social Impact Of Dairy Farming

1. Creates Australia alone 43000 direct employee's and indirectly employes 100000 people.

2. Provides milk for Australias consumption, 107 litres per annum per capita and 13.5 KG of cheese.

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Economic Impacts Of Dairy Farming

1. Large economic revenue $2.76 billion dollar industry, and makes up 7% of global trade

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