As tensions rise regarding the introduction of industry to the emissions trading scheme, New Zealand Pork has completed the latest stage in a project to generate biogas from pig manure.
The project, partially funded by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA), aims to determine the viability of farm biogas systems, and includes pig and mixed pig-and-dairy farms across a range of sizes.
It’s not swine flu; it’s ‘North American Influenza’ says the New Zealand Pork Industry Board as it sets out to defend its pigs against viruses and negative publicity alike.
The pork industry is worth an estimated $1 billion to the New Zealand economy and its leaders are worried that media-fed misinformation about influenza A (H1N1) could prove as deadly to the industry as the virus itself.
To quell any possible consumer backlash arising from flu fear NZ Pork has issued a statement extolling the safety of New Zealand-raised pork.