New Zealand’s National Party has pledged to cut red tape for farmers and stop foreign investors from purchasing farms and converting them into forestry for carbon farming. The party’s leader, Christopher Luxon, unveiled the “Getting back to farming” package, which has 19 proposals, including doubling the Recognised Seasonal Employer worker cap from 19,000 to 38,000 and introducing a two-for-one rule for every new agriculture regulation. The party plans to restart live cattle exports and establish protections for areas of high environmental value while allowing a broader range of activities on highly-productive land. Luxon criticised Labour’s farming regulations as “abysmal” and pledged to ease compliance rules that see many farmers spend up to 30% of their week on compliance tasks. The lobby group 50 Shades of Green called for a blanket ban on New Zealand investors buying productive land and for the encouragement of on-farm integrated planting to prevent farmers from establishing exotic plant species for investment purposes.
It is important that carbon credit schemes also benefit local communities.
The World Meteorological Organisation has stated that 193 countries have given unanimous backing to a scheme to monitor global greenhouse...