Author Archives: Keith Woodford

About Keith Woodford

Keith Woodford is an independent consultant, based in New Zealand, who works internationally on agri-food systems and rural development projects. He holds honorary positions as Professor of Agri-Food Systems at Lincoln University, New Zealand, and as Senior Research Fellow at the Contemporary China Research Centre at Victoria University, Wellington.

Wrestling with forestry decisions

Carbon and forestry, increasingly linked to overseas investors, continue to outmuscle sheep and beef but nothing about carbon is simple I had intended this week to move away from forestry to other topics. But once again, I have been drawn … Continue reading

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The COVID trajectory has taken off

The situation is becoming more dismal with exponential growth well under way Almost five days have slipped by since I wrote that we needed a COVID19 reset.  Since then, the infection trajectory has taken off, as I both feared and … Continue reading

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New Zealand needs a COVID reset

The current COVID strategy needs an urgent reset. It is now evident that staying in Level 3 over coming weeks will lead to a dismal Christmas Last year I wrote many articles on COVID19, starting five weeks before the first … Continue reading

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Post-1989 forest owners face complex decisions

There are close on 400,000 hectares of non-registered post-1989 forests eligible to join the ETS. Once registered, many owners could within one year earn $7500 or more per hectare in historical credits back to 2018  This is a further article … Continue reading

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Fonterra moves on strategy and stucture

Fonterra pulls up the wagons to defend its territory, but is also hoping to sortie out with new nutritional endeavours Fonterra’s release of its 2020/21 annual report has occurred in association with an additional big dump of information laying out … Continue reading

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The ETS is both a goldmine and a minefield

The Government never foresaw the land-use forces they were unleashing with the ETS In recent weeks I have written multiple articles on the Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) with a particular focus on forestry. This week I also had an extended … Continue reading

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Carbon farming will determine the future of sheep, beef and production forestry

The carbon price is now high enough to change land-use sufficiently to blow away sheep and beef, but too low to significantly influence emission behaviours elsewhere The concept of ‘carbon farming’ has been around for a long time. I recall … Continue reading

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Institutional investors outgun Government at carbon auction

On Wednesday September 1, The Government lost control of the ETS to speculators. This has big implications and challenges for the path ahead. The September 1 2021 auction of carbon credits within the Government’s Emission Trading System (ETS) has brought … Continue reading

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Food-derived opioids are a medical frontier

In late 2020, I was invited to write a paper on food derived-opioids for the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, with a focus including effects on microbiota.  Eight months later and the paper has been written, then … Continue reading

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Carbon farmers need to understand the ETS

The price of carbon is determined by Government. There lies the risk for carbon farming.  Two recent articles of mine have explored the economics of carbon farming on land that is currently farmed for sheep and beef.  Those articles showed … Continue reading

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