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July 15, 2020 - The Conversation

NEW ZEALAND: Climate explained: what if we took all farm animals off the land and planted crops and trees instead?

NEW ZEALAND: Climate explained: what if we took all farm animals off the land and planted crops and trees instead?
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I would like to know how much difference we could make to our commitment under the Paris Agreement and our total greenhouse gas emissions if we removed all cows and sheep from the country and grew plants in their place (hemp, wheat, oats etc).

Surely we could easily become carbon neutral if we removed all livestock? How much more oxygen would be produced from plants growing instead? How would this offset our emissions? And what if we returned the land the animals were on to native forests or even pine plantations?

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