HON DAVID CARTER - Minister for Primary Industries & Minister of Local Government
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
How much carbon with your lamb chop?
New Zealand lamb is shipped to supermarkets around the world. I saw this first hand at a supermarket in China recently.
The distance from New Zealand to export markets has in the past stirred up the food mile debate, so I was pleased to see the lamb industry’s new carbon footprint study which largely debunks the argument.
The report measured greenhouse gas emissions involved in the production, processing, transportation and consumption of exported lamb.
The study found transportation of lamb from New Zealand to the world is a minor percentage of emissions. And in fact, British shoppers create more emissions between picking up their lamb from the supermarket and serving it for Sunday lunch.
Now we have a real measure the next step is management and reduction.
David was appointed Minister for Primary Industries following the 2011 General Election and Minister of Local Government in early 2012.
He was first elected to Parliament in 1994, was the Junior Government Whip in 1996, before being promoted to a Minister outside Cabinet in 1998. Following the 2008 General Election, David’s Ministerial responsibilities included Minister of Agriculture, Minister for Biosecurity and Minister of Forestry.
David attended St Bede's College in Christchurch and graduated with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree from Lincoln University before embarking on a farming and business career.
David’s interest in local government stems from a long family history in local body politics, with his father serving on the Christchurch City Council for nearly 40 years.
David currently farms sheep and beef properties on Banks Peninsula and at Cheviot in North Canterbury.