[1 July/Stuff]

New Zealand’s farming sector appeared to have signed up to the Government’s plan to be carbon neutral by 2050. The Farming Leaders Group published an editorial statement with Jacinda Ardern. It described the initiative as a very ambitious and challenging target. It said farming leaders with the support of the Government were stating their support for the goal and the agri food sector playing its part in achieving it. When the Zero Carbon Bill consultation was launched, the response was generally positive. Federated Farmers Climate Change Spokesman, Andrew Hoggard, said on the day of the announcement it was heartened that impacts on the economy and different views on different types of greenhouse gases were gaining prominence in the debate on climate change. The statement was high level and had nothing in the way of a measurable commitment. Climate Change Minister, James Shaw, described the joint statement as huge.