[18 June/Stuff]

Climate Change Minister, James Shaw, has a vision for New Zealand to become the first food producer to be emissions neutral. This could create a powerful brand in the international market for New Zealand’s primary produce. Previously, talks about shifting farming to lower its emissions was seen as too difficult, however Mr Shaw noted this changed for him at a United Nations conference last year. It became clear that other countries were looking to New Zealand to find a solution to agricultural emissions for them to copy. Pastoral Greenhouse Gas Research Consortium General Manager, Mark Aspin, added there were a range of options in development to curb livestock emissions, but there was no silver bullet. Mr Shaw was comfortable with this. He said the settings could be changed once the science became clearer.