Ah, beautiful New Zealand.
So wondrous, so ethereal, it looks like something that was painted by an extremely imaginative artist. Right?
Well yeah. Except…the LOTR movies lied to us..
Okay, so they didn’t really lie. They just showed the parts of New Zealand that were wondrous, ethereal green spaces…and left out the parts that are not exactly eco-friendly. Which, unfortunately, are kind of numerous.
Here are a few facts on NZ:
1. You can’t swim in most of New Zealand’s rivers because of high levels of pollution.
2. Its preservation of natural environments has a horrible record; it’s amongst the worst in the world.
3. It’s the only OECD country that does not produce a report on the environment consistently. (OECD stands for Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, btw.)
Oh, and in breaking news? A bacteria has been found in NZ-produced dairy products that can potentially cause fatalities. The company in charge is known as Fonterra, and they export to eight surrounding countries.
Doesn’t exactly seem like a Hobbit paradise, does it?
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