[30 August/Radio NZ]

Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Simon Upton, said to prevent global warming, methane emissions needed to fall by 10 to 22 percent. Farmers who thought they would get an easy ride in the legislation were unhappy. The report followed intense debate about the impact of methane on climate change. Farmers argued it was short lived and should not be at the forefront of the policy. Federated Farmers said most methane came from livestock, and farming was essential for the economy so it should not be burdened with costs it could not afford and thought the policy should be aimed at carbon dioxide. Greenpeace Sustainable Agriculture Campaigner, Gen Toop, said New Zealand needed to substantially reduce methane emissions from livestock. Greenpeace added the Government should ban all new dairy conversations of farms. The Government recognised the strengths of both sides of the argument.