9. It will weaken the Carbon Farming Initiative

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The proposed changes to the CFI include abolishing its approach to establishing additionality, reducing auditing requirements, reducing consultation periods to “improve transparency”, and reducing the permanence requirement from the present 100 years to merely 25. The latter is explicitly intended to allow the carbon-storing land to later be used for farming and deforestation because, the Green Paper says, restricting future land use “could have serious consequences for future generations” (what about the consequences of the CO2?!). In such cases, both the carbon stored in the land and the CO2 emissions it was supposed to be offsetting would end up in the atmosphere, rendering the entire exercise pointless.

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    • Spookinthemist on 10 February 2014 at 18:10
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    The CFI is a bipartisan carbon reduction policy; let’s work on it! The methodology adopted by the previous government was written in ignorance without asking farmers.


    Straight talk from a smart farmer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eHa821egAw

    some agriculturalists are doing it now large scale globally as the preferred approach with many others benefits

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