[19 September/ NZ Farmer]

DairyNZ has told farmers they needed to reduce their greenhouse gas production to meet consumer and political demands. The organisation added that consumers wanted a smaller environmental footprint and this was not something farmers could ignore. DairyNZ Analyst, Kara Lok said New Zealand only caused 0.16 percent of global warming, but it combined with other small countries to make up 30 percent of all greenhouse gasses. Ms Lok explained that the government could lower greenhouse gas emissions through buying carbon credits, encouraging the adoption of electric cars and by planting more trees.