New Zealand has problems with over fertilization and too many nitrates in the drinking water. Demand for beef is growing in China, so New Zealand is creating more and more dairy farms. The manure seeps through the ground and into the water table.
The country is trying to eradicate Mycoplasma bovis, a disease that causes mastitis, pneumonia, and arthritis in cows. Authorities insist the decision is to stop future production losses and is unrelated to food safety.
Humans just love beef and dairy products, which means we have a lot cows. Over a billion in fact. But their burps, farts and dung have an impact on the environment.
A large order of Airbus planes from China appears likely as French President Emmanuel Macron ends his visit in Beijing. French farmers have also hailed a deal to end China's 2001 embargo on French beef.
Next year will bring three bright planets, two total lunar eclipses, a new powerful rocket, Alexander Gerst's second term in the ISS, a Mars mission and the launch of Europe's spacecraft to Mercury.
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