[10 May/NZ Farmer]

New Zealand farmers could become global leaders in low emissions agriculture if a solution is found to reduce biological emissions. Climate Change Minister, James Shaw, said countries were looking to New Zealand for leadership in this space. He thought it was an incredible opportunity if we could be the country to work out net zero emissions agriculture, which is one of his key roles. Mr Shaw added the government would support organisations such as the Global Research Alliance. He thanked farmers for the great job they had done. Agriculture was the sector most exposed to negative effects of climate change. New Zealand’s emissions profile gave Mr Shaw hope that farmers could do something about it. He emphasised that reducing emissions was not just about the agriculture sector. Auckland is the source of 20 percent of New Zealand’s emissions and that had to change.