Category Archives: Science ethics and communication

Why methane is different

This is the second of a series of articles discussing some of the difficult issues that have to be understood and resolved in relation to New Zealand’s proposed Zero Carbon Bill. The first article is here  For many years, we … Continue reading

Posted in Agribusiness, greenhouse gases, Science ethics and communication | 5 Comments

Methane narrative changes with less need for drastic reduction

[This article was published today (10 Sept 2018) at and is forthcoming in Farmers Weekly] The recent note on methane emissions  put out by Parliamentary Commissioner Simon Upton in late August, and underpinned by a contracted research report written by … Continue reading

Posted in Dairy, Meat Industry, Science ethics and communication | 4 Comments

MPI needs new thinking and more transparency

[This article is published at and is forthcoming at Farmers Weekly] The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) is desperately in need of both new thinking and more transparency. It has a culture and internal power relationships which align with … Continue reading

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Short and long-lived greenhouse gases need separate regulatory baskets

A key issue for New Zealand is how to meet the Paris commitments for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Fundamental to any analysis is the different attributes of long-lived and short-lived gases.  In particular, how should methane be accounted for, and … Continue reading

Posted in Agribusiness, Dairy, Land and water, Science ethics and communication, Water | 8 Comments

In search of a rational debate about water

[This article was originally published by Ravensdown Fertiliser Co-operative in the Autumn 2018 issue of Ground Effect. ]  In recent years, the debates about water rights and water pollution in New Zealand have become increasingly torrid. Most New Zealanders have … Continue reading

Posted in Dairy, Education, Science ethics and communication, Water | 4 Comments

The challenges of disseminating A1 and A2 beta-casein research

Those of us involved with research relating to A1 and A2 beta-casein know all too well the challenges of publishing and disseminating that research.  Given the extent to which beta-casein research challenges established positions, some of which are held by … Continue reading

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