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SHEAR CRUELTY: Forget fur, is it time to stop wearing wool?

Tuesday - Animal rights charity Peta is best known for its naked anti-fur stunts, but these days it is more worried about wool.

Climate change threatens Te Puke kiwifruit

15 Sep 17 - The most commonly grown variety of kiwifruit around Te Puke will not be commercially viable in the area by the end of the century, say scientists.

Nats vow to 'turbo-charge' farming grants

12 Sep 17 - National is promising to almost triple the money it allocates to the Sustainable Farming Fund if it is returned to power.

Swiss pay heavy price for intensive farming

8 Sep 17 - Intensive agriculture has gradually dried out Switzerland's ponds, and soils are no longer able to handle violent rains, creating increased flooding and mud slides.

NZ backs global climate research project

Nathan Guy

30 Aug 17 - New Zealand is supporting a new $400,000 scholarship programme to build global expertise on climate change and food security.

Poultry plant earns applause for water use

30 Aug 17 - Australasia’s biggest poultry company has been recognised for the sustainable way it manages water use at a New Zealand plant.

Researchers to probe rich options for Maori land

23 Aug 17 - Rising carbon prices mean carbon farming, backed by manuka honey production, is becoming a viable use of Maori land, says the head of a Ruatoria charitable company.


Climate threatens three of four vital grain crops

22 Aug 17 - Three of the four major grains on which the growing world population depends are vulnerable to global warming, says a new meta-analysis based on more than 70 studies.

Every degree of warming counts for crop harvests

17 Aug 17 - The world can expect 3 per cent to 7 per cent less yield for each degree rise in temperature.

Sustainable Farming Fund grants open

9 Aug 17 - Applications for the latest round of Sustainable Farming Fund grants are open.

Livestock mega farms booming in Britain

18 Jul 17 - Nearly every county in England has at least one industrial-scale livestock farm, with close to 800 US-style mega farms operating across the UK, new research reveals.

Organic farming might not cut climate risk

27 Jun 17 - Organic farming does not always benefit the environment in the ways people expect, and might not avert climate change effects, scientists say.

Federated Famers warns of consequences

26 Jun 17 - Federated Farmers is warning politicians of “consequences” if agricultural emissions are brought into the Emissions Trading Scheme before other countries put a carbon price on farming.

CARBON CATCH-22: The pollution in our soil

23 Jun 17 - Bad behaviour doesn’t usually have good consequences but our fossil fuel and fertiliser habits may have had some “good” environmental side-effects.

COUNTRY CALL: Farmers want ETS and water price

21 Jun 17 - Parts of the agricultural sector are calling for farming to be included in the Emissions Trading Scheme and for a price on water.

We must do something, dairy industry agrees

15 Jun 17 - The dairy industry is acknowledging it needs to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Booming dairy industry drives up emissions

6 Jun 17 - Methane emissions from New Zealand’s national dairy herd have climbed nearly 130 per cent since 1990 as a result of the expansion and intensification of the dairy industry.

Food industry is cooking the planet

29 May 17 - One of the biggest contributors to climate change is the agricultural food industry, but the political will to tackle the issue is lacking.

Targeted forests could slash farm emissions

9 May 17 - Planting forests to clean up waterways could cut New Zealand’s net greenhouse gas emissions from land use by 80 per cent.


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