Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Commission Report Loses Sight Of Sustainable Agriculture

The Climate Change Commission's report, Inaia tonu nei, has addressed the need to make radical changes in transport, electricity and waste minimisation to prevent serious climate problems for the future. [1]

However the report fails to consider the best solution for agriculture in that would accelerate the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by supporting farmers to transition to regenerative organic sustainable agriculture.

Whilst the report claims to reflect the essence of submissions on the importance of systemic change toward regenerative organic agriculture for cutting green house emissions, it provides flimsy justification for its lack of recommendations for necessary action.

The report seems to equate innovation in agriculture to cost recovery technological tweaks rather than innovation towards sustainability through behavioural and systems change.

“It is sad that the Commission is still focused on protecting agricultural practices that have led to soil degradation, high nitrogen fertiliser, fossil fuel pesticide inputs leading to increased greenhouse gas emissions, rather than farming practices that reduce and protect the environment,” said Jon Carapiet, spokesman for GE-Free NZ in food and environment.

There is a major threat to effectively addressing climate change in pursuit of 'intellectual property' to profiteer from unproven, costly and polluting technological fixes. These fixes ignore existing tangible and effective farming systems that can be taken now.

The report says “[Organic]…farms produce less than conventional farms do, but often remain profitable because of their ability to reduce inputs and attract product premiums.” and regenerative farming does not have enough “robust evidence base to understand the emissions benefits ... nor a credible certification market for products.” These statements are inaccurate and ignorant of the true nature and productivity of regenerative organic farming.

Certified Organic farming is highly profitable, resilient and sustainable with much evidence that shows it can mitigate and not impact on greenhouse gas emissions. The Organic standards have shown that a reduction in stocking rates, lack of synthetic inputs and greater diversity achieves the projected goals of the commission. Yet they have ignored this in their final summation.

The Rodale Institute has detailed research evidence to show that regenerative organic farming conserves and mitigates the loss of greenhouse gasses to the environment and protects the soil ecosystems thereby retaining much needed resilience in extreme weather conditions; nutrient cycling for plants, creating healthier food. [2]

“The Commission's report is seriously flawed by not recommending behavioural change to help farmers shift to regenerative organic farming and ‘nature-based’ solutions, including soil carbon sequestration,” said Mr. Carapiet.

We hope the Minister for Climate Change will understand the need to support urgent education and funding for implementation and adoption of organic and regenerative farming models in light of the climate crisis.

References -
[1] https://ccc-production-media.s3.ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/public/Inaia-tonu-nei-a-low-emissions-future-for-Aotearoa/Inaia-tonu-nei-a-low-emissions-future-for-Aotearoa.pdf

[2] https://rodaleinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/Rodale-Soil-Carbon-White-Paper_v11-compressed.pdf 

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The America’s Cup, Critical Race Theory And A New, Weekly Music Playlist

So… Why don’t they just cut to the chase, and call it the Emirates Cup? As this column predicted several months ago, the next America’s Cup challenge is headed overseas. Here’s what Werewolf said back in March:
Emirates has made a major commitment to Portsmouth/Isle of Wight as a sailing centre of excellence – and voila, that’s where the next challenger of record is coming from, and where the next Cup contest could well be sailed. Such incredible luck for Emirates, right..? More>>


Marine: Wider Roll-out Of Cameras On Boats To Support Sustainability And Protect Marine Life

Up to 300 inshore commercial fishing vessels will be fitted with on-board cameras by 2024 as part of the Government’s commitment to protect the natural marine environment for future generations... More>>


Government: Plan For Vaccine Rollout For General Population Announced

New Zealanders over 60 will be offered a vaccination from July 28 and those over 55 from August 11, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today... More>>


Jewish Council: New Zealand Not Immune From Rise In Antisemitism

The representative body of New Zealand Jewry, the NZ Jewish Council (NZJC), has expressed concern about the high number of antisemitic incidents in New Zealand recorded last month. Spokesperson for the NZJC, Juliet Moses, said... More>>

NZNO: Nurses Reject DHB Offer And Confirm Strike Action

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation says its 30,000 members who work in DHBs have voted overwhelmingly to reject a second offer in their current round of multi-employer collective agreement (MECA) negotiations... More>>





InfoPages News Channels