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Farming Leaders Must Set Record Straight

9 January 2020 | Steven Cranston  | NZ Farm Life Media

Now the Government has handed the responsibility of how agriculture will manage and reduce its emissions back to the industry itself, we have been landed an incredible opportunity to turn our emissions profile into the positive story it deserves to be.

The message we need to start sending is that agriculture has one of the smallest global warming impacts of any major industry in New Zealand. The only way to demonstrate that is by completing a full emissions budget.

Climate Chains: Follow The Science, Not Emotion, Says NZ Farmer, Steve Collins

On 10 October, I wrote to all New Zealand Members of Parliament to express my concern about the Zero Carbon Bill currently before the House. To their credit, the government opted to exempt agriculture from the Emissions Trading Scheme for the immediate future, and to instead work with environmentalists, farmers, iwi and other stakeholders to manage climate change.

However, my concerns remain regarding the scientific foundation on which man-made climate change is built, and for remaining policy that will impact every New Zealander into the future. Taxes, premiums on products and services to account for carbon footprints, subsidising forestry initiatives that potentially destroy farmland perpetually along with rural communities, and even having an ETS, are some of these.

Federated Farmers

What Federated Farmers actually agreed to on climate change and pricing

26 July 2019

You will have undoubtedly seen or heard about the release yesterday of the Government’s recommendations on the Interim Climate Change Commission report. A lot of the media outlets have got confused with this announcement and the targets discussion and quite frankly written something that bears little resemblance to what our sector has actually agreed to, or basically just grabbed a bunch of quotes from here, there and everywhere and turned it into something largely nonsensical.

MIA

Meat Industry Association welcomes Primary Sector Climate Change Commitment

16 July 2019

Farmers and growers up for creating a system where they take ownership of the system and accountability for achieving reductions. The alternative – an emissions tax on processors based on the Emissions Trading Scheme – will do nothing to reduce on-farm emissions. 

Greenhouse Gases - A more realistic view

BY JOCK ALLISON AND THOMAS P. SHEAHEN

There is a huge amount of scientific literature about the benefits of additional CO2 in the atmosphere; it is in fact the gas of life. Doubling of the level of CO2 in the atmosphere would most likely result in about 30% increase in plant growth, a result which would be a terrific boon towards food production for an increasing world population.

CO2 has such a small part to play in global warming/climate change, with no more than 20% of the total greenhouse (heating of the earth) effect and probably a lot less than that and the effects of CH4 and N2O are trivial. This means that there is an urgent need to stop all this expensive concentration on ‘climate change’ and be rid of the naivety of assuming that human beings can control and/or stabilise the climate.