50 Shades of Green

Latest News and Views

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.

Lincoln Grant

Lincoln Grant Speech from the March to Parliament (14 Nov)

I am Lincoln Grant, we farm a 600 ha hill country farm at Pahiatua. If we blanketed the farm in pines, the Government would pay us about $400,000 for doing nothing. The minister is saying this is not a subsidy. The revamped ETS averaging scheme is a Government backed subsidy. I understand investors don't claim the the one billion trees planting subsidy because there is a stand down period before tapping into the ETS.


Sully Alsop Speech from the March to Parliament (14 Nov)

It took me about a minute to get up here to speak to you today. And something amazing
happened in that one minute. Something truly remarkable that happens every minute of every
hour of every day in NZ. Something that you are all a part of. In that one obscure minute NZ
exported another 5 and a half tonnes of pastoral agricultural product generating more than
$100,000 for NZ.


Kerry Worsnop Speech from the March to Parliament (14 Nov)

We are here, many of us, as custodians of this incredible land. Our lives are deeply connected
to it, it is our home, it is often our businesses, it is our identity as a nation.

My name is Kerry Worsnop and in June of this year I began a petition asking for this
Government to reject legislation incentivising the Blanket afforestation of farmland.
I’m going to tell you why.


Eve McCallum Speech from the March to Parliament (14 Nov)

We are real people, we are families, and we are intergenerational custodians of our land.
This is not just about us; it is about our children, and their children

We matter and we are not being listened to

Andrew Hollis Speech from the March to Parliament (14 Nov)

Who am I…I’m a geologist, I have been studying the Earth and its systems for years. For me the
spectre of human caused climate change reared its head in 1990. NZ has been heading down a pathway with closed eyes and closed minds with regards to the climate. The latest is the Paris Accords where we will apparently beggar ourselves to kowtow to the UN.

It also seems that farmers will bear the brunt of changes to tax rules to try and pay for our

Mike Butterick Speech from the March to Parliament (14 Nov)

Why are we here?
Because we are not being listened to. All we have ever asked for is a fair go. This should never have degenerated into an ‘us versus them’, we have always advocated for the right tree in the right place.

This is about the policy settings that are distorting the natural market and providing a competitive advantage to carbon farmers. We have never stated that we won’t do anything; in fact we have been for a long time.

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.


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


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.