Posted by: rivettingkatetaylor | November 7, 2012

You’re right Bruce (again)

This from Federated Farmers president Bruce Wills… Click here for the full version. This is just the conclusion.

So while agriculture is said to account for half of all our emissions, we don’t count everything we do to soak it up. We also overlook that we feed not only ourselves, but at least 20 million more people beside. While the Daily Mail story said food production generates up to 29 percent of global emissions, food happens to be a basic physiological need. Along with water and shelter we die without it.

In penning these words, I hope people will realise our global leadership comes by producing and sharing skills on food production. We produce emissions because we over achieve when it comes to food production and in that respect New Zealand is no island.

 

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  1. “So while agriculture is said to account for half of all our emissions, we don’t count everything we do to soak it up.” – says Bruce, but shouldn’t that read:
    “So while agriculture is said to account for half of all our emissions, we don’t count everything we say wedo to soak it up?
    Fair’s fair.

    • Prove otherwise Mr Guyton, come on, prove otherwise. I see farmers day after day doing all they can to make themselves sustainable. I see farmers day after day doing all they can to make themselves productive. I see farmers day after day doing all they can to make themselves profitable. I see farmers day after day doing all they can to make themselves respectable members of the community – standing for school boards, donating sheep for sheep drives, paying for crutching by amateurs because it’s a school, paying people to work for them who go home and spend money in the community because they have jobs. I see farmers day after day doing all they can to make themselves meet the requirements of their respective regional councils. I see farmers fencing waterways and planting trees – way beyond expectations… way beyond the rules that say they have to be doing something. Farmers are not raping the land – they want it to be there for their descendants (and the banks). They are looking after the soil because they need it to grow grass. They are looking after the water because it also feeds their stock and their families and you! So if you are going to mouth off on my blog about farmers talking it up – put your money where your mouth is Mr Guyton and prove it.

    • Ruminants emit carbon as methane. Where does this carbon come from? Answer; the grass they eat. Where does the carbon in the grass come from? Answer; the atmosphere. Simple thing called the carbon cycle.

    • Next Guyton will be wanting to tax the air we exhale. Just for the record, carbon dixoide and a number of trace gases is a cumulative 0.04% of the air we breathe in.

      CO2 is about 4-5% of the air we exhale.

      Guyton is an absolute banker – his narrow minded attacks on New Zealand’s productive sector are perfect reflection of the politics of the Left. Smash the land owners through taxation and regulation until they fight no more – then takeover their land.

  2. What a sad little man you are Mr Guyton! Do you have any idea how screwed the thousands of farmers around the country (who for two or more generations have far exceeded all expectations) have been by the ETS? I do, because for years I fought Hodgson, Clark, and their sychophantic minions in ministries to try and get a fair deal for farmers who had planted their farms in the way the bold new world was going to pay them to. I saw the crash in land values for farms that had pre 1990 tree plantings, only rectified by a pitiful attempt to put things right by paying out a pittance in credits.
    My suggestion to you Mr.Guyton is to do what I and others like me have done, get off the main roads, travel around the back country, and just look at the on farm plantings that are there for all to see. It might open your eye!!

  3. guytons religion has been debunked: http://opinion.financialpost.com/2012/11/29/open-climate-letter-to-un-secretary-general-current-scientific-knowledge-does-not-substantiate-ban-ki-moon-assertions-on-weather-and-climate-say-125-scientists/


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