Environmental sustainability is one of the main challenges and opportunities for our sector.
Our sector has a world-class environmental footprint – sheep and beef farmers are already highly efficient at converting grass to high quality meat on farms that protect ecosystem services, such as biodiversity.
However, we recognise the need to further reduce our environmental footprint. We’re committed to improving water quality and further reducing the sector’s greenhouse gas emissions.
In 2018, B+LNZ launched its environment strategy with a vision of ‘World-leading stewards of the natural environment and sustainable communities’ He kaitiakitanga mo te tai ao. The four goals of the strategy aim for:
- cleaner water
- carbon neutrality
- thriving biodiversity
- healthy and productive soils.
We want all our farmers to have active farm environment plans that detail and demonstrate environmental stewardship. Our sector already has 49 percent of farmers with a farm plan, so the groundwork is there to build on.
We also have a goal of our sector being carbon neutral by 2050 – and the sector is already a long way towards this objective.
As part of its work by farmers, for farmers, B+LNZ:
- advocates on behalf of farmers on environmental policy
- provides information to farmers on environmental sustainability
- helps upskill farmers in environmental management, including through catchment communities and farm plan workshops.
Key environment areas
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