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Today’s topic: should farms be regulated to centre climate action and nature?
Rod Oram at Newsroom,
Opinion: “National is committed to this country’s climate change goals,” declares the party that could form the next government.
Then in the very same statement on Wednesday, National announced a bonfire of farming regulations not seen since the 1990s.
But eliminating these regulations would intensify existing farming practices, which in turn would make farming’s climate impacts worse. Either National doesn’t understand such climate causes and effects. Or it cares only to win power, whatever the cost.