Forgoing year-round onions a small price

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Re: Organic NZ onions hit Europe, July 11 story.

It’s amazing that we should be celebrating something like this as a success story.

Shipping goods around by sea produces about 3 percent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions, giving the shipping industry roughly the same carbon footprint as Germany (the sixth largest emitter of greenhouse gases; 2015 figures).

Even more concerning is that because no country claims these emissions, they appear in no CO2 reduction targets.

If we are going to be serious about alleviating climate collapse, then it may be that it is no longer possible for Europeans to have organic onions all year round. That may be tough for some over there, but a price worth paying surely.

Stuart Moriarty-Patten

Re: Organic NZ onions hit Europe, July 11 story.

It’s amazing that we should be celebrating something like this as a success story.

Shipping goods around by sea produces about 3 percent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions, giving the shipping industry roughly the same carbon footprint as Germany (the sixth largest emitter of greenhouse gases; 2015 figures).

Even more concerning is that because no country claims these emissions, they appear in no CO2 reduction targets.

If we are going to be serious about alleviating climate collapse, then it may be that it is no longer possible for Europeans to have organic onions all year round. That may be tough for some over there, but a price worth paying surely.

Stuart Moriarty-Patten

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John Fricker - 3 months ago
I suppose with this revelation you'll also be promoting that New Zealand go petrol free year-round as that is shipped in by boat. There are quite a few other necessities that are shipped to NZ, some by air, but CO2 is produced all the same.
Should we be going without these necessities as well?
You may favour a return to the stone age but you'll probably be on your own.

Futurist - 3 months ago
There is plenty to celebrate with organic NZ onions accessing the European markets. At the smallest end it means organic producers in NZ receive income which recognises their increased costs of production.
This means they stay in business as an organic producer.
This means they continue to grow produce which displaces conventional production.
It means income into NZ for employees, contractors, seed merchants, mechanics, certification bodies, freight forwarders, transporters and yes shipping agents.
The ship that transported the goods would most likely be the most effective CO2 use per MT of freight moved for each MT of carbon emitted, except for sail or nuclear power.
As a nation we cannot produce enough food to feed the world, yet there is sufficient food produced in the world that our customers would not starve should they stop buying NZ produce. We survive as a nation as an exporter, and the nature of what we export will change in response to climate change.

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