Environmental impacts of farming need fresh thinking

Geoff SimmonsEnvironment

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s latest report is as enlightening and robust as ever, as we discussed yesterday. However, in some respects the report is a missed opportunity, mainly because of the Commissioner’s approach of producing stand-alone reports on … Read More

Supermarkets Sign Voluntary Healthy Eating Accord

Geoff SimmonsFood, Health

Yesterday New Zealand’s top supermarket brands (including New World, Pak n Save, Four Square and Countdown) agreed to a voluntary accord to encourage healthy eating. This is a positive first step, and welcome recognition from these large companies that the … Read More

Will Farm Prices Fall? – Whiteboard Friday

Gareth MorganEnvironment

This week we saw discussion around a report from Ag First economist Phil Journeaux which estimated that land values could fall by $40b across the country as environmental limits (such as limits on water use, nutrient leaching or greenhouse gases) … Read More

Cheats Never Prosper

Geoff SimmonsEnvironment

In a speech to the Environmental Defence Society Climate Change and Business Conference, the Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett said the Government is looking at measures to encourage more forests to be planted. This is tantamount to an admission of … Read More