An acknowledgment that NZ’s Dairy farmers have amongst the lowest carbon footprint per unit of production in the world from climate Change Minister James Shaw. But he says while a success it is still something to build on, because it is our total emissions that cause climate change. DairyNZ’s Farmers’ Forum heard Mr Shaw challenge them to take their world-leading farm systems and continue toward an increasingly sustainable future. The forum in Waikato and Southland opened on Thursday and Mr Shaw says changing the way things are done over the past few years is making significant impacts for the farmers adopting them, reducing emissions and at the same time increasing profitability. Our task now is to roll these innovations and changes in farm practice out right across the country. He says the same thing is true in every sector of the economy. And while a lot of work – if we get it right, what we’ll see is a cleaner and more productive country.