Carbon agriculture worries B + LNZ | Otago Daily Times News Online

Beef + Lamb New Zealand says the growing chorus of voices against runaway carbon farming cannot be ignored and urgent solutions are needed before more damage is done to rural communities.

The good industry organization has supported the recent formation of the Native Forest Coalition which includes the Environmental Defense Society, Pure Advantage, the Rod Donald Trust, the Tindall Foundation, Project Crimson, Dame Anne Salmond and Dr Adam Forbes.

The rise of carbon-based agriculture has become a controversial and topical issue, especially when it involves the conversion of productive properties of sheep and cattle.

The Native Forest Coalition recently released its policy statement and recommendations on native forests, stressing the urgent need to “end the rapid proliferation of pine plantations” driven by high carbon prices and short-term policies. .

Fish & Game New Zealand has also publicly supported the coalition’s position, saying that the current policy favoring carbon sequestration in exotic pine plantations over native forests, driven by high carbon prices, has “a myriad of benefits. ‘negative impacts’.

A very real concern is the effect of pins on reserved flows. Research has established that rainwater runoff is reduced by up to 40% by pine plantations, ” spokesman Ray Grubb said.

Widespread plantings in watersheds will be in direct conflict with current government goals of improving freshwater.

” In addition, mass sedimentation events during the logging of exotic forests have catastrophic impacts on stream biology and water quality. ”

Plantation forestry had its place in helping to meet New Zealand’s climate change commitments, but the proliferation of monoculture pine plantations in recent years had clearly been “out of control” and “reckless,” he said. Mr Grubb said.

B + LNZ chief executive Sam McIvor said it was becoming increasingly difficult for the government to do nothing about the issues raised by the coalition.

“There are so many voices calling for action,” he said.

“We need urgent solutions now – before too much damage is done to rural communities and so that we do not miss out on real opportunities to protect and enhance New Zealand’s biodiversity. “

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