Pastural Farming Climate Research Inc was incorporated in 2009 to;
- Represent farmers’ interests by highlighting the many discrepancies and misinformation used in reports about the role livestock play in global warming
- To fund research to provide the facts that are missing from the current debate
- To advocate for fairness for agricultural produces under any carbon emission laws or regulations.
- To promote livestock emissions of methane as sustainable and not responsible for global warming.
As well as advocate wherever and whenever we could we have produced a report to settle the issue. The evidence is now in, it is irrefutable and now the jury delivers its verdict.
In this report “Impact of biological methane emissions on the atmospheric concentration of greenhouse gases” we quote expert comments that confirm;
- Carbon sourced from livestock emissions of methane have a different environmental impact to carbon emissions sourced from fossil fuel CO2 emissions.
- Carbon emissions sourced from enteric methane do not need to decline at all to stabilize the atmosphere whereas carbon emissions produced from fossil sourced CO2 do have to decline to zero.
- When the flow of methane in to the atmosphere is constant, the atmospheric concentration of methane does not increase, the atmosphere is not altered and therefore it cannot be responsible for global warming.
- Carbon (or carbon dioxide equivalent) is a theoretical emission that does not reflect reality. It is therefore not fit for purpose as a common unit of measure of different greenhouse gases and should not be the basis of major economic and environmental policy like the ETS
The report can be downloaded from the website.
Please distribute this report widely and please also contribute by donating to PFCR so we can promote this report widely. The stakes are high because while the Government has held out for now and not required farmers to surrender carbon units for their emissions, we do have an ‘all gases all sectors’ emissions trading scheme and enteric methane is in the ETS. It will only take a regulation change by the next Minister for Climate Change Issues to require farmers to pay. How long will the Government hold out the push from all and sundry to make farmers pay?
Almost no one is advocating for the facts of the issue as we are. Dairy NZ is not, Beef and Lamb are not and Federated Farmers are not. These organisations are well resourced and should be doing this. PFCR will continue to advocate for farmers with this report but we do need to raise significant funds to do this properly. To download click the download button on the website. There is a donation tab on the website also and we really appreciate and need your help.