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The Detail – a podcast from RNZ/ Newsroom: It’s all about the cow burps


A Podcast from RNZ and Newsroom

Since the details were released earlier this month, the Zero Carbon Bill – as it’s come to be known – has sparked a conversation about how New Zealand earns its money, and whether that needs to change.

The website article concludes with this comment from Eloise Gibson , Newsroom science editor

While both the agricultural industry and environmental groups were unhappy with the proposals in the bill, Gibson says New Zealand will end up having to change because of it.

“There are two competing visions here,” she said.

“We keep farming a lot of cows and sheep but we get super high-tech, so we have a methane vaccine, methane inhibitors… and we just do everything we can to bring our emissions down and then we say, ‘Hey – we’re still making some methane, but we’re the most efficient producer in the world and if you’re going to buy meat and dairy – buy ours’.

“The other vision is – we just need to do something else.”


That concluding remark is frightening, because what would replace agriculture, as it is presently’ Is any real thought being given to this?

Plus the Greens objections to many scientific advances, means that super high tech may not be an option, at least in the short term in NZ, yet agri-science could be a major economic opportunity for NZ.

According to Newsroom,

Newsroom has been commissioned by the RNZ/NZ On Air Innovation Fund to produce a new daily news podcast designed to explain the stories behind the headlines. 

Called ‘The Detail’, it aims to help listeners dive deeper into the big stories to help give an understanding of what’s really going on. We will pick out the news that matters and explain it in detail and in context.

The Detail will be fronted by journalists Sharon Brettkelly and Alex Ashton, and produced by Alexia Russell. We will be drawing on not only Newsroom’s award-winning journalists, but the best reporters from throughout the country; along with experts in their fields.

I remain concerned that the pledge as announced will provide a figleaf of respectability for censorship and obnoxious hate speech legislation.

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