We’re calling for all farmers and growers to boycott the Agricultural Production Census, until Statistics NZ, who collect the survey, agree to use an emissions metric based on sound science and a warming-effect approach.
The emissions metric used by Statistics NZ, called GWP100, overstates the impact of agricultural emissions by 400%, as found in a study by an Oxford professor, and is one of the main reasons cited by those who want to punish farmers and growers for their emissions.
When it comes to emissions, farming is a different kind of activity than the rest of the economy, due to the methane replacement cycle. If farmers are expected to achieve the Government’s 10% reduction target, that would lead to a net cooling effect.
Groundswell NZ has been calling for a warming-effect approach to be taken towards agricultural emissions, where the actual warming caused by our emissions would be used in making policy, rather than pretending agricultural emissions are just like fuel or energy emissions.
This boycott is a direct action we can take to pressure the Government to reconsider their stubborn commitment to an emissions metric that does not work for agriculture or the particular situation of the New Zealand economy.
Our friends at FARM (Facts About Ruminant Methane) have provided a straightforward list of reasons to boycott the Census and have provided an easy form response for you to edit and give to Statistics NZ, explaining why you are declining to provide the information they’ve requested.
You should be aware that participating in the Census is required under the Statistics Act 1975 and this boycott could result in a fine of no more than $500 for an individual.
Groundswell NZ believes farmers should not be compelled to provide data that misrepresents their emissions. We consider this a fair and justified protest action.
Your support here can show the Government our commitment to demanding fair go for farming on emissions policy.
Thank you for your support.
Bryce, Laurie, Mel and the team at Groundswell NZ