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New Zealand is determined to be the most sustainable food producer in the world, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told world leaders at the United Nations Climate Action Summit. PM Ardern reported that over the next five years NZ will collaborate to build systems every farmer can use to measure, manage and reduce their farm’s emissions. Co-founder of Leaft Foods, a plant protein ingredients company, Maury Leyland-Penno believes there isn’t a binary answer to whether that’s achievable as many changes have to occur and bottlenecks cannot always be predicted. Primary industry sector members have challenged the Government’s proposed reforms such as the Zero Carbon Bill which has been stalled after ministers could not agree on it. In March next year, NZ will lead a first of its kind, five-way trade talks with Norway, Iceland, Costa Rica and Fiji to use trade to combat climate change by slashing fossil-fuel subsidies and abolishing tariffs on environmental goods.
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