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Nobels’ challenge Greenpeace over GM – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on July 1st, 2016.

Over 100 Nobel laureates have signed their name to an open letter challenging Greenpeace to end its opposition to genetically modified food. The signatories urge Greenpeace to “recognize the findings of authoritative scientific bodies and regulatory agencies, and abandon their campaign against ‘GMOs’ in general and Golden Rice in particular”. Golden Rice is a beta-carotene […]

New tools needed to cut agricultural emissions – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on May 19th, 2016.

One billion tonnes. That’s how much the global agricultural industry needs to cut its emissions per year by 2030 to achieve the goals set at COP21 in Paris, according to a new study. An international team of scientists – including a New Zealander – calculated the required emissions cuts based on the goal of keeping […]

UPDATED: New technology blurring line on GE crops – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on May 18th, 2016.

Genetically engineered crops are safe, but new regulations are needed as the definition of GE organisms becomes blurred, say US academies. An extensive study by the US-based National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has analysed the costs and benefits of genetically modified crops, drawing on almost 30 years of research. The key findings of the […]

Agriculture culprit behind methane rise – In the News

John Kerr posted in on March 11th, 2016.

Increases in agriculture are the likely cause of a global rise in methane emissions over the last decade, according to New Zealand research published today in the journal Science. The concentration of greenhouse gas methane in the atmosphere rose steadily over the last century, before flattening out in the late 90’s.Then in 2006 methane levels […]

Failing food production to kill 500,000 in 2050 – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on March 3rd, 2016.

Unchecked climate change will hit food production so severely that an extra half a million people could die through changes in diet and bodyweight in 2050, compared with a world where emissions are curtailed. The figure comes from a new UK study published today in the leading medical journal the Lancet. Taking into account projected […]

New measures for managing freshwater – In the News

John Kerr posted in on February 22nd, 2016.

Stronger rules on farm pollution and a $100 million for cleaning up lakes and rivers are among new initiatives put forward by the Government to improve freshwater management. The measures were announced at the Bluegreens Forum in Tekapo, with a consultation document titled ‘Next steps for fresh water’ released by Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith […]

Berries and Hepatitis A – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on December 3rd, 2015.

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Director General has issued a statement warning of a potential Hepatitis A risk associated with imported frozen berries. UPDATE: MPI has now directed company FSL Foods to recall their Fruzio Mixed Berries sold in 1kg and 500 gram bags. The warning comes following 4 human cases of Hepatitis A thought […]

Leaders lay out commitments in climate talks – In the news

John Kerr posted in on December 2nd, 2015.

Leaders from countries around the world laid out their planned actions to tackle climate change at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris that started this week. RNZ: Leaders urge climate talk breakthrough in Paris New Zealand Herald: Climate talks: What’s happened and what’s next RNZ: Pacific leaders call for climate action Fossil fuel subsidies […]

State of the Environment report – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on October 21st, 2015.

The Government today launched a new environmental report – Environment Aotearoa 2015 – showing the overall state of our environment. The document, jointly released by Statistics New Zealand and the Ministry for the Environment, is the first ‘State of the Environment’ report since 2007. Environment Aotearoa 2015 focuses on five areas or ‘domains’– air, atmosphere and […]

‘Abandoning’ our farms to the market – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on September 11th, 2015.

Paying farmers to reduce their impact on the environment is working overseas, but ‘cash for conservation’ schemes are too often undercut by massive government subsidies to boost agricultural production, argue authors of new research. In an article published in the journal PLOS Biology, researchers from Cambridge University and Landcare Research examine the balance between incentive schemes […]

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