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Stop ‘out of control’ carbon farming – DemocracyNZ

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The further destruction of rural New Zealand by out-of-control carbon farming can be stopped immediately with the appropriate policy settings, say political party DemocracyNZ.

DemocracyNZ believes two policy changes are required to stop more stations being destroyed by carbon farming.

  • Link the New Zealand carbon price to our top five trading partners.
  • All land planted for carbon farming purposes from 01 December 2022 must be registered in the New Zealand carbon market.

‘Linking the carbon price to that of our trading partners would see the price crash back to below $20 per ton CO2. Kiwis are paying an exorbitantly high price for carbon credits, which is putting our businesses at a competitive disadvantage and can no longer be justified. New Zealand should align with other countries rather than virtue-signalling to them.

‘DemocracyNZ will ensure that land used for carbon farming from 01 December 2022 would be for the benefit of the New Zealand market. This ensures the carbon price is regulated appropriately – and does not continue to distort rural economics. Foreign companies will not be able to use our farmland to offset emissions produced in another country.

‘The carbon farming business model relies entirely on government policy settings, it is not part of the productive economy. The message DemocracyNZ is sending to potential buyers is that they must take policy risk into account before making a purchase. Carbon farming investors have – up until now, based decisions on the assumption that the carbon price will continue to increase indefinitely. Any significant change to carbon price settings could leave these carbon farming operations unviable. It is an extremely risky investment which has been allowed by successive governments to proliferate unchecked. That is set to change.

‘DemocracyNZ believes that good food-producing land must be protected. We say no to shut-the-gate pine tree farming taking over food-producing land. Instead, we say:

  • Ban pine trees from carbon farming.
  • Productive pine plantations can receive credits for carbon stored in wood products, if processed in New Zealand.
  • Promote the use of native trees for carbon storage with changes to ETS settings.
    Click here to join our petition on our homepage – because the future ain’t pine.

‘Our agricultural sector’s production efficiency is already world-class, and it makes better sense to work with farmers to promote and build on those efficiency gains, not punish farmers for keeping our economy afloat.’

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  1. This policy demonstrates that those promoting it do not understand the issues
    Native forest is not the answer it it slow growing low yielding and once a forest has gone through the growth stage it only stores the amount of carbon fixed as it decays at the same rate as it grows
    Pines produce huge amounts of wood per unit area compared to natives there are other species that have good growth rates high standing volumes and are long lived in cooler areas Douglas fir fits the bill
    by the way the greenhouse effect is saturated extra carbon dioxide will do very little to increase temperature likewise methane see Siegel climate science 101

  2. All well and good, but he is missing the point entirely. And while pine and fir are a good solution for New Zealand forestry anyway, with a good mix of natives, the carbon credit issue is a scam pure and simple. We shouldn’t even be talking about it, or be part of the carbon credit market, with the minimal impact New Zealand has on the global climate including farting livestock. The whole thing is just another nonsense from Klaus and his acolytes.

  3. There are hardly any nationalistic and patriotic strong leaders left in the mainstream parties. We only have agents for the globalists. How to fight housing crisis and inflation? Print more money and allow more migration. This is what we get from agents. All services are severly stressed and the living standards are on the downward spiral. Thanks Jabbie.


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