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My Daily Digest: April 13, 2021

Time to bite the bullet If you’ve been reading Farmers Weekly or keeping track on the website, you’ll have seen our new series More with Less.

In it, we take stock of the farmers, researchers and businesses that are making headway in farming profitably within environmental constraints.

There are no silver bullets available to the sector to reduce emissions. It takes a number of changes here and there – some small, some a lot greater.

We’ve found there are pockets of farmers that have created profitable businesses with smaller footprints.

But that may not work for everyone, everywhere, and then there’s the issue of sharing that knowledge across the sector.

And, what happens when people simply don’t want to evolve?

It’s one of the biggest challenges facing the primary industries worldwide, but one we’ve got to confront.

 

Bryan Gibson

 

Report on NZ’s human-generated GHG emissions

New Zealand’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions continue to rise, with new figures showing they rose 2% from 2018-19.

 

 

Fonterra digs deep for methane solutions

The prospects of a vaccine or a simple dose of methane inhibitor are attractive but still tantalisingly distant solutions to dairy’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

 

 

Dairy not sold on CCC advice

The Climate Change Commission is being overly optimistic by claiming dairy farmers can produce the same volume of milk from less cows and in the process generate less methane, says DairyNZ.

 

 

Red meat must back claims

Farmers should not fear plants and the emergence of plant-based alternatives. 

 

 

ETS a matter of wheat and chaff

Beef + Lamb NZ remains opposed to the wholesale conversion of farmland to exotic forestry for the purposes of carbon farming, but despite it being plagued by poorly designed settings, the emissions trading scheme (ETS) does offer farmers some opportunities, chief executive Sam McIvor says.

 

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