New Zealand's Agriculture

1086 Words Jul 10th, 2018 5 Pages
It is safe to say that New Zealand is largely a farming nation since farming makes up a high percentage of the country's export earnings. The country's climate ranges from regions in the north that are considered "warm subtropical", to "cool and temperate" in the south. These diverse areas allow for numerous kinds of farming which are vital to New Zealand's economy. All over the country there are deer, llama, ostrich, goat, cattle and sheep farms, and though they get no subsidies from the government, they still play a large part in contributing to overseas markets with their beef, wool, dairy products, other meats, hides, venison (from deer), and goat fiber. It is said that there are about 20 times as many sheep as there are people in …show more content…
It is true that if more and more greenhouse gases are expelled, the global temperature would increase (more at the poles where New Zealand isn't too far from). With a higher global temperature, this would mean the seas would be warmer which would produce more “extreme weather” (Issues and Responses, 1) for New Zealand to deal with, because of a sped up hydropogenic cycle. New Zealand's agriculture would have to deal with localized flooding, droughts, high winds and vicious storms. In turn this would make for an environment more prone to disease and pest issues which is every farm’s worst nightmare. This means that the livestock which is so important to New Zealand's economy could face starvation, drowning or fatal diseases while the forests could be either deprived of water, flooded, destroyed in storms, or ravaged by a pest infestation. There wouldn’t likely be any noticeable problems like these within the next decade, but perhaps within the next century. If the New Zealand climate did eventually become this extreme, the people there would sadly need to focus their economy on something other than agriculture. On the other hand, many people think a warmer climate means that regions in New Zealand that are now too cold