A report commissioned by 35 New Zealand MPs has suggested reducing pastoral stock by 35 per cent as a way to get the country to a target of net zero carbon emissions.
The report by UK-based Vivid Economics and commissioned by the Globe-NZ laid out three pathways to address the Paris Agreement commitment to net-zero emissions by 2050.
This has also been long standing Green Party policy. It is of course daft.
If we shoot one in three cows, it will not reduce global emissions. It may in fact increase them as our dairy industry is less greenhouse gas intensive than other countries’. The global demand for milk will remain the same, so there will simply be more cows elsewhere making even more emissions.