Post by Crash Post by Rich80105 Post by Crash
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owen_Jennings but he was a farmer and
politician. If anyone has any credible science that debunks the claim
Jennings makes I would be interested to read about it.
That is fair, but equally we should be interested in any credible
science that supports the claims Jennings makes.
From that article,
"The study led by applied ecologist Dr Bradley Case estimates the
woody vegetation on New Zealand sheep and beef farms is offsetting
between 63 per cent and 118 per cent of their on-farm agricultural
emissions. If the mid-point in the report's range is used, on average
the woody vegetation on sheep and beef farms is absorbing about 90
percent of these emissions."
""This research shows that of the remaining emissions, the vast
majority are being offset by the trees on our farms and New Zealand
sheep and beef farmers are on the way to being carbon neutral by
We can excuse Dr Case for the headline, 90% is not near carbon
neutral; presumably he anticipates that further sequestration of land
for vegetation will happen to meet that further 10%. The point he
makes about credit for sequestration does seem reasonable, but I do
not claim to be an expert on this - and the article acknowledges that
this is being owrked on.
But then we have:
"He says it should be noted that the study has not quantified the
sequestration taking place on dairy farms."
My impression is that most concern about 'dirty farming" has related
to dairy farming, and that from the wikipedia article referred to
above Owen Jennings may have been a dairy farmer:
"Before entering politics, Jennings was a farmer. Jennings was active
in New Zealand Federated Farmers, becoming its National President in
1990. He served three years. Prior to this he was National Dairy
Section Chairman. He was a director of the Karamea Dairy Company, Atas
Marketing Meat Ltd and Combined Rural Traders Ltd. "
Much of the concern relating to emissions has been in relation to
dairy farming rather than sheep and beef.
Post by Crash
for detail on the research from Dr Bradley Case and
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41612-018-0026-8 for detail from
Allen, Shine et al.
This adds significant bones to the claims made by Owen Jennings in the
original article I cited.
Perhaps you could explain how that second article supports the claims
made by Owen Jennings