New Zealand’s Climate Bill Targets Cattle

Better them than us.

That’s the thought passing through most Aussie ranchers’ minds — not to mention most anyone who enjoys a good steak or glass of milk — on hearing the latest brain bubble from New Zealand’s climate-obsessed government.

The government’s new climate change legislation will, among other things, mandate a minimal 10% reduction in methane emissions from Kiwi livestock by 2030.

And make no mistake. While this hasn’t happened in Australia yet, Aussie ecowarriors will be watching this legislation closely. Adding restrictions on the food we can farm and eat isn’t far behind limiting the types of vehicles we’re allowed to drive.

On Wednesday, NZ Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern said the Zero Carbon Amendment Bill is a ‘landmark action’ on climate change.

Ms Ardern has already set her country a goal to become carbon neutral by 2025.

We’ve built a practical consensus across government that creates a plan for the next 30 years, which provides the certainty industries need to get in front of this challenge,’ Ardern said in a statement.

According to the legislation, carbon emissions will be reduced to net zero by 2050.

RAW gave a bit of breakdown of how the bill:

The bill treats methane emissions from animals differently than other greenhouse gas emissions, but still targets a 10 per cent reduction in biological methane by 2030, and a reduction of up to 47 per cent by 2050.

NZ’s Climate Change Minister James Shaw said the Zero Carbon Bill would be a legally binding objective to ensure global warming is below the UN experts 1.5C rise forecast between 2030 and 2052.

But New Zealand’s agriculture sector has already criticised the bill as an attack on one of the largest contributors to NZ’s economy.

Agriculture is incredibly important to New Zealand, but it also needs to be part of the solution,’ Shaw said.

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Climate Bill or livelihood?

As the ever-increasing fears of climate change slap at not only our shores, but globally — more immediate action is being unfairly pushed.

Some are arguing at what cost.

Livestock farming is a huge source of pollution according to environmentalists. With the UN saying it alone is responsible for up to 18% of the greenhouse gases, which contribute to global warming.

Yet, it isn’t as simple as merely slashing livestock farming. What about the communities, and livelihoods, which will without be slashed along with it?

The methane target will hurt New Zealand and do little to help the climate, according to the country’s main agriculture lobby group

This decision is frustratingly cruel, because there is nothing I can do on my farm today that will give me confidence I can ever achieve these targets,’ said Andrew Hoggard, President of the Federated Farmers of New Zealand.

Tim Ritchie, chief executive of the Meat Industry Association, also expressed concerns of the negative impacts on rural communities:

This will impose enormous economic costs on the country and threaten many regional communities who depend on pastoral agriculture,’ he said.

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