Land use and productivity changes in the red meat sector mean absolute emissions have declined by 30% and emissions per unit of product by 40% since 1990. Lincoln University researcher Derrick Moot says their scientific findings show New Zealand produced more than 70% of its energy from renewable sources, such as hydropower and with this cleaner source of energy New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emission profile is different to that of other developed countries. He says 48% of greenhouse gas emissions come from agricultural production, putting agriculture at centre stage in political debates, but he says there’s a rose-tinted view that we should reduce production and reduce our impact on the environment but that doesn’t work on a global basis when Europe effectively abdicates its responsibility for much of its food production to South America. He says media commentary on climate change is from a Northern Hemisphere perspective, where there are feedlots, soy imports, and cattle are grain fed. NZ is different with its grass fed diet.
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