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Environmental compliance is already a common business practice in dairying and horticulture, and now sheep and beef farmers must devise farm environmental plans (FEP) — a daunting prospect for some.
The previous government issued a call-to-action to New Zealand: double primary production export earnings while maintaining or improving water quality.
OPINION: Beware the snag in the incentivised pushing by central and local government to get hill country into trees.
OPINION: Two important pieces of work released in the last couple of weeks bring into clear focus the challenge New Zealand faces in its greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture.
If farmers want to offset their emissions under the likely Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), then it is rational to plant forestry and get the carbon credits for that, says Farm Foresters Association president Neil Cullen.
We've had lately an abundance of reports on how New Zealand should tackle its carbon emissions profile – especially regarding agriculture’s contribution.
Shane Jones’ one billion trees planting project is not ambitious enough, says the Productivity Commission.
Water vapour is responsible for at least 70% of the ‘greenhouse effect’, while methane and nitrous oxide — New Zealand’s supposedly ‘nasty’ emissions – are “virtually irrelevant” as contributors to any global warming effect.