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The recent NZ Farmers’ protest & what it was about

On Friday (16th July 2021) NZ farmers and supporters turned out country wide to protest the government’s latest proposals for environmental / conservation changes (in accordance with the UN Agenda 2030 plans). Shelley Krieger has explained what exactly the protest was about ….

Excerpt:Once parts of land are classified as an SNA you lose your rights to that land… you have to fence it off at your own cost and still pay the rates on it but you can no longer use it … one Farmer near Inangahua is about to lose 80% of his 600 hectare farm …”

“In case anyone was confused as to why the Farmers were protesting on Friday I thought I would just put something here so people have an idea of why. Firstly SNA’s (Significant Natural Areas), these are areas of people’s farm land or lifestyle blocks that the Government is getting the councils to survey. This is native blocks of land that have wild flora and wild animals that pass through it.

Once parts of land are classified as an SNA you lose your rights to that land, can not farm it or build on it. You have to fence it off at your own cost and still pay the rates on it but you can no longer use it. In some instances it is 80-90% of peoples land. One farmer near Inangahua is about to lose 80% of his 600hectare farm (1482 acres, of which he will lose the ability to farm or sell 1185 acres). So you could see how that could be upsetting.
Next is the clean water accord. We as farmers are all for cleaning up the waterways and huge work has been done. The building of sediment traps to stop dirt eroding into rivers, fencing, riparian plantings (planting flaxes and trees along the waterways), effluent management, reducing nitrogen and fertiliser use, and trying to do more regenerative farming. I know that the perception from the media is that we are doing nothing and I’m sure there are a few die hard older farmers that are not prepared to change, but the younger ones coming in are fully aware of their obligations to the environment. And believe it or not farmers are the first ones to ring MPI if they see an animal welfare issue or the council if they see bad practices happening.
In the “Good Old Days” Dairy sheds were actually built alongside rivers so they could pump the cow poop into the rivers, because they didn’t know what the outcome would be, same as the meat works, they used to let all their waste go into the rivers too! Times have changed and we are making changes. The thing is, its not as easy to make some of the changes that everyone wants straight away. We ourselves have been using compost instead of fertiliser, are using natural grass stimulant instead of Urea and are spraying fish fertiliser onto the paddocks to stimulate growth to try to move away from synthetic fertilisers, and put our cow effluent on with pods that put it on lightly. Its hit and miss. Some of the things work well and some don’t. Grass and crops take the nutrients out the soil so we must replace it, you can not just deplete the soil of all its nutrients otherwise it won’t grow anything. I know of 3 other farmers that went organic and all 3 sold up because they weren’t making any money. The costs involved in being organic made the farms uneconomical. We also have another Farm close to us that has been trialing Regenerative Farming, he is a generational farmer with very little debt and he is having to sell the farm off 100 acres at a time because he’s not making enough money to pay the staff. So you can see it is a balancing act. When we borrow to buy the farm and the animals the bank only lends to us under the proviso that we do a certain amount of production to be able to cover the mortgage repayments. If we fall behind in production then the bank starts to put pressure on for payment which is an added pressure on top of the public pressure, the media pressure and the environmental pressure.

To top that off the Government has also said that we have to have our winter crops in the ground by the 1st of October or we will be fined. In the South Island it is impossible to get the crops in by then, it’s still winter and it is either raining or snowing and the ground is too wet to get a tractor into the paddocks to get the seed in the ground.

There is also new legislation coming in that says we have to pay to get resource consent every year to plant our crop paddocks if they are on more than a 10 degree slope, and that pugging of the paddocks must only be to a certain depth or we will be fined. We have to produce a farm map to council with a detailed plan of which paddocks will be cropped, and how each one will be fed. No farming costs can be passed on to the consumer! Every time you go to the supermarket and are outraged at the prices, so are we! Dairy farmers only get about 12cents out of that block of butter. Next time when you drive past a farm instead of thinking “those lucky buggers”, think instead of how big their mortgage is. If a Tradie has to buy something for the job at your house and the price has gone up on that item, then he/she can add that extra cost on to the job. Farmers can not. We get given the price the Global Dairy Auction or the Meat Works set for us. Any extra costs we have lumped on us have to get taken out of our living costs, and some of us now can not afford to employ as many people.

We are also extremely concerned about the Government introducing legislation that we have to slaughter up to 30% of the farmed animals that we have in NZ.

That is millions of beautiful cows and sheep so NZ can reduce their carbon emissions. For us who have a small herd and have generations of cow families this will be devastating for us to kill our beautiful cows, not only that but it puts us in a terrible position with the bank.

We are also getting pressure from the Activists that are trespassing on our farms and using drones during the day, and drones with lights at night that terrify the cows and push them into boggy areas so photos can be taken. They are also taking down reeled electric fences and moving the cows into boggy areas to get a “good shot”.

If they have an issue with how someone is grazing their cows they only need to ring the Regional council or MPI and an inspector will be sent out, but putting it on TV, even though it is taken out of context seems to be the “in thing” nowadays to outrage people. In Australia they could be fined $100,000 but unfortunately we don’t have such laws here. I’m not saying there won’t be some issues out there but everyone is trying their best, and the rules keep changing so some farmers are actually confused about what they are supposed to be doing and need help to get it right. Unfortunately a lot of the people they are training up as Inspectors who have degrees in environmental things have never actually been on a farm before and don’t know what they are doing, and have very little knowledge on how to actually help the farmers, other than fine them.

Another thing that doesn’t affect us, but I know it does for a lot of other farmers and growers, is the Government not allowing immigrant workers in or out through the border.

It has been devastating for most fruit growers not having anyone to pick their fruit. The thing with seasonal work is that the workers are only needed at certain times of the year, so Kiwi’s don’t want to do it, but someone has to do it! We went through the Central South Island last week and the fruit lying on the ground is heartbreaking.
Also the immigrants who are here on work visa’s can’t go home and see their families and come back, so some are leaving for good. This is wrong.
Another bit of legislation that is in the wings is the 3 Waters Scheme which everyone should be worried about. They are spending $4.5million at the moment promoting it on TV, but most people probably go and make a cuppa while it is on during the ad break.

In this proposal the Government want to take over all the Council water infrastructure for a pittance payment so they can get control of the water. Once they have control of the water they can do whatever they want and may start charging us all for it, and by that I mean every time you turn on the tap you will be charged for every litre.

At the moment you pay for the water to get to your place, and pay to have it leave, but you don’t actually pay for the water, so this is going to be another cost for everyone even though the water falls from the sky and is therefore free.
The Ute tax was just an add on. It was new legislation that came out after the protest had already been organized. It doesn’t affect us because we can’t afford a new ute, but I can see where everyone is coming from, that you shouldn’t be penalized when there is no alternative to purchase. It should have been a tax on all vehicles if they were really that serious about everyone getting EVs.


Shelley Krieger

The bottled-water giants who have been quietly taking our water for years Kiwis

This article is from April this year but highlights the little known secrets of the bottled water industry. A world wide issue now, the human right we do or don’t have to water (Nestlé says no water isn’t a human entitlement or right – unless you’re Nestlé of course then you can take all the water you want or your obliging DC grants a consent for, then sell it off abroad for obscene profit). A good book to read on this topic is Blue Gold: The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft by Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke. Ashburton of course won out by standing up and fighting so the decision was abandoned to sell their water. This is why we need to keep standing up and speaking up. They are selling everything that isn’t nailed down as the saying goes.
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NZ’s water has been quietly sold off by global giants for years


The bottled-water giants who are taking our water

The sale of the Ashburton District Council’s Lot 9, which comes with resource consent to bottle 1.4 billion litres of artesian water each year, caused outrage – but the global beverage giants have been quietly bottling New Zealand’s water for years CHARLIE MITCHELL reports.

Along a quiet, dusty road near rural Tai Tapu lies a nondescript water bottling-plant once backed by billionaires.

It’s a corrugated iron structure, indistinguishable from the hay sheds scattered across the Canterbury Plains.

Kiwaii Water - made in NZ, but sold in US.

Kiwaii Water – made in NZ, but sold in US.

There is nothing to suggest it is connected to Lynda and Stewart Resnick, Americans with a fortune of about $6 billion.

It is one of the world’s largest bottled water brands, said to be the drinking water of choice for many celebrities, including United States President Barack Obama.

The water bottled there was sold under the SpringFresh brand within New Zealand. The plant was sold to Naturally Pure NZ in 2013.

The sale of the Ashburton District Council’s Lot 9, which comes with resource consent to bottle 1.4 billion litres of artesian water each year, caused outrage – but the global beverage giants have been quietly bottling New Zealand’s water for years

READ MORE: 

http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/78652406/The-bottled-water-giants-who-are-taking-our-water

Why You Shouldn’t Swim in the Manawatu, or any NZ River … the Pollution of our Waterways for Corporate Profit

The Manawatu has earned us the dubious honour of being the most polluted river in the Southern Hemisphere. Anybody who remembers the quality of our waterways from the 1950s through to the 80s or thereabouts, will remember long summers spent swimming unhampered by any need to check the water quality before taking a dip. Didn’t matter if you swallowed a mouthful or two, it was clean and healthy. Not so any more.

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There once was never a need to check the cleanliness of our waterways before swimming

Only 40% of our rivers now are deemed safe to swim in. The rest are safe to wade in only. And why is this? Well I recently read a warning stating it was not safe to swim following floods, that being due to the run off from surrounding farms … pesticides, fertilizers, animal faeces and urine, the unmentionable dirty word, ‘glyphosate’ and whatever other herbicide the farmer uses that is deemed perfectly harmless. (Most farmers I know have told me “roundup’s very mild” and they’re generally not inclined to want to listen to the data about the carcinogenic properties of glyphosate,  acknowledged recently by WHO who said that it ‘probably causes cancer’). Anyway we are advised if we’re intending to swim in our local river spot, to go online and check the various LG websites for the quality of the water on the day.

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Nick Smith & Jono Naylor took a dip recently in the Manwatu River, the most polluted river in the Southern Hemisphere, to demonstrate how safe it is  [see VIDEO here]
Recently during a spell of unrest about the state of our swimming holes as folk were catching on to the level of pollution we have, we had a publicity stunt by Nats Nick Smith, Jono Naylor and Ian McKelvie, those governmental (corporate) reps of ours who strive to convince us the severely polluted Manawatu is all safe as houses. It was a very quick dip and wouldn’t have fooled too many. The public awareness of water quality (or lack thereof) is somewhat heightened these days, thanks especially to social media. Our corporate owned media is now treading carefully the fine line of not upsetting the powers that be … lest they also be short of a job.

WHAT IS POLLUTING THE RIVER?

* Farm runoff from fertilisers, and animal waste such as cow dung and urine, leach into the river.

* Treated sewage discharged by councils

* Treated industrial effluent including wastewater from Fonterra, New Zealand Pharmaceuticals, Tui Brewery

* Sediment washing into the river from overgrazed farms or eroding countryside alters the natural habitat for native bugs or fish  [stuff.co.nz]

The Double Speak of Local Government

There is, however, a very murky, seldom mentioned side to the Manawatu River. I watched recently, a video by Horowhenua District Councillor (now Mayor) Michael Feyen.  Feyen, who cares passionately about the environment and protecting it, has filmed some very interesting videos demonstrating the extent of the pollution of the Manawatu and Horowhenua waterways by the District Council (sewage discharge), industry and farming practices. His colleague Cr Ross Campbell has filmed similar and subsequently been trespassed for two years by his own Council, illustrative of how little DCs truly abide by the sustainable practices that they espouse on their websites nationwide. A note here, I am not anti farming … it’s really about genuinely using sustainable practices which includes for one, the adequate fencing of waterways so stock don’t trample the waterways. It’s also about local government making rules that reflect sustainable practices … and enforcing them.

“Toe the line and deny any pollution by the HDC was the clear message given by Mayor Brendan Duffy to Horowhenua District Councillors” Mrs Anne Hunt (former HDC Cr)

For fuller coverage of the event surrounding the alleged discharge of raw sewage into Shannon’s waterways by the DC, and the subsequent assault of a local environmental activist (this is how serious the issue has become) go HERE.  Local iwi, Ngati Whakatere have been vocal about this pollution for some time now.
See also the statements of a whistleblower,  Mrs Anne Hunt, an former Councillor who tells of the lengths the Horowhenua DC goes to to discredit Environmental Care members.  Feyen has stated that DCs and Horizons are serial polluters!

THE NUMBERS back in 2009

* 25 resource consents to discharge into the Manawatu River were granted.

* 75,600 cubic metres could be discharged daily.

* Palmerston North, Manawatu, Horowhenua and Tararua councils had consents to discharge treated sewage and wastewater.

* Horizons Regional Council took four prosecutions and 36 fine actions over illegal discharges that year.

* The top five resource consents for daily discharge:

46,600 cubic metres, Palmerston North City Council

24,000cum, Feilding sewerage plant

6370cum, Dannevirke

6000cum, Fonterra at Longburn

4600cum, Ashhurst

[stuff.co.nz]

A Young Man Contracts Trench Mouth

Watch and hear of the young man who contracted Trench Mouth from playing water sports in the Manawatu River. He was told by his Doctor that there have been only a few cases of this since WW2.

Watching this video got me researching a little more about why Trench Mouth and the bacteria in the water causing it. Firstly, here is a description of this particularly nasty infection:

Trench Mouth

The name alone can leave a bad taste in your mouth. But this EXTREMELY painful bacterial infection leaves a LOT more than just a bad taste. Trench mouth is like an amped up case of periodontal disease, where the infection is not only rapidly attacking the gums and bone, but causes the formation of gum ulcers filled with bacteria, food debris and DECAYING tissue earning it the official name of ACUTE NECROTIZING ULCERATIVE GINGIVITIS…Trench mouth became prevalent during World War I when soldiers who were fighting from the trenches developed the condition… overgrowths of some extremely virulent bacteria spread throughout the mouth.

One of them, spirochete, happens to also be responsible for syphilis when it’s found genitally.

If UNTREATED, the bacteria from trench mouth can spread to the cheeks, lips, or jawbone, where it’s been known to destroy healthy tissue –Research has shown that the bacteria associated with this gum condition can, in EXTREME cases, ALSO spread throughout the body, AND even cause oral cancers. If you HAVE trench mouth, your gums will develop a GRAY FILM caused by decomposed tissue. You may also see crater-like ulcers between the teeth.

Very ominous. Searching further, I looked for more info on ‘spirochetes’.
The following information is from the Berkley University site. It is edited for brevity but you can learn more at the link.

Introduction to the Spirochetes

“Although spirochetes are not a large group — there are only six genera — they have had tremendous impact on our lives. Both syphilis and Lyme disease are caused by these bacteria  and other species are important symbionts in the stomachs of cows and other ruminants. [Note: reports say Lyme disease has doubled in five years. For a somewhat disturbing expose of Lyme, watch the doco Under Our Skin].

Spirochetes are long and slender bacteria, usually only a fraction of a micron in diameter but 5 to 250 microns long. They are tightly coiled, and so look like miniature springs or telephone cords…

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The ecological roles of spirochetes are varied; the group includes both aerobic and anaerobic species, and both free-living and parasitic forms. … Some species of Treponema live in the rumen of a cow’s stomach, where they break down cellulose and other difficult to digest plant polysaccharides for their host.”

Leptospirosis

Perhaps the best-known spirochetes are those which cause disease. These include syphilis and Lyme disease, as well as other less well-known ones… leptospirosis is a livestock disease caused by spirochetes. SOURCE

NZ’s Massey University have produced the following series of seven videos giving you the ABCs of Leptospirosis:

A brief summary of facts from the videos (subsequent videos will play following the one featured) :

Video 1: The Leptospirosis bacteria is found in animal urine. Leptospirosis is caught by contact and particularly from standing waters in pastures eg after flooding … (3.23 in the video).

  1. It is found in areas stricken by routine flooding. NZ has the highest rate each year!! (at 6.30 in the video).
  2. 113 were diagnosed with Leptospirosis in 2012 in NZ, is likely higher, and more than half were farmers.
  3. At 1.55 the most affected categories are listed, one of which is ‘swimming in infected lakes & rivers’.
  4. Leptospirosis can lead to a few days to a life time’s illness. It has flu like symptoms.  5.35.

Video 4 Weather can create an outbreak for example in sheep following flooding of pastures like the February 2004 floods in the Manawatu. The backteria can live outside the host for a time then animals grazing & drinking ingest them. At 3.07 in the video, those at risk are recreational land & water users.

Video 6 Keep mouth eyes cuts etc  clear to avoid exposure (1.30). If diagnosed early enough it can be treated with antibiotics.

Video 7  4.08 The need to look at risk factors in the farming community,  particularly dairy farming and at 4.40 the need to understand the link between wildlife, humans & livestock, the risks for farmers and what wild life are acting as reservoirs.

How the Manawatu & Horowhenua Waterways are Polluted

Now, to join some dots … if you have watched any of Cr Feyen’s videos you will note that flooding features frequently in the information. He’s filmed videos that illustrate the filth that is dumped at river mouths following flooding. Farming,  sewage and industrial discharge, often untreated, goes straight into the rivers. There you have the perfect conditions for these nasties to proliferate. Watch and see a flush of farm effluent and hear the graphic description. See also the discharge of raw sewage (filmed by Cr Campbell) into the local stream.

Enough information there then to influence your decision about whether or not to swim in the Manawatu River, or any NZ river for that matter? Remember, only around 40% of them are deemed healthy enough now to swim in anyway. So much for the clean green image that is portrayed abroad. NZ is not clean and green, not by any wild stretch of the imagination. With local body elections coming up, find out which of your proposed reps will make changes to this broken system and vote for them.

We need to make a stand against this ongoing corporate pollution, particularly that done by the very organizations that claim to be using sustainable practices.

 

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The NZ 100 percent pure illusion – watch Key dismiss Dr Mike Joy’s evidence

See the stats! It really is 100 percent pure illusion! In our own district we’ve had no in stream biota survey since 2002 – and one year later we’re still waiting for an RDC estimate for when the next one will be – in spite of a 3 yearly consent requirement! Note in the header image, taken locally, the banks are also often slathered with glyphosate, a known, probable carcinogen.

“Of 112 monitored lakes, a 2010 Niwa study found 44% are eutrophic – so burdened by excess agricultural nutrients that they have become murky, smelly and inhospitable to many fish, reports Joy. Almost all (90%) our lowland wetlands – the “kidneys of our waterways” – have been destroyed. Three-quarters of our native freshwater fish are threatened with extinction (up from 20% in the early 1990s), yet only one – the grayling, which has been extinct for decades – has legal protection.”
Listener 26/11/15

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Published on Aug 12, 2013

“Dr Mike Joy, NZ 100% Pure! The challenges of truth telling in a commercially driven world.

Note: Since the Key National Government came to power, the word ‘sustainable’ has been deleted from governmental and departmental vocabulary.

Meanwhile …

New Zealand is currently running at 162nd in our environmental performance out of 180 countries globally.

It is extremely difficult to access data on water quality in this country as it is ‘locked away’ from public scrutiny, even the Ministry for the Environment does not write it up for public consumption.

Researchers have to spend hours and days searching out any little snippet of information that is buried in Regional Council reports, because these reports too, are filed away from community analysis.

The reason for this impediment is because there is no Agency in this country that deals with such basic and important factual statistics and information and if this accumulated data was in the public domain, the Ministers involved would look so bad that the charade of ‘Clean Green NZ’ would be coherently shredded.

Yet, the latest statistics that are available for public information still go back to a 2004 report. Even though the 300 areas that are tested and sampled ‘to this day’ remain hidden from public view, and can not be accessed by scientists like Dr Mike Joy.

This vital information is being ‘censored by omission’ and the Ministry for the Environment and the 16 District Councils, only issue ‘feel good’ information on the better sites, (the upper high country where there is no population or industry) never the true story in the low land areas of farming, industry and population density. In essence, making a silk purse from a sows ear!

New Zealand has pristine highland lakes and rivers, which the tourist brochures revel in, but it is the low land lakes and rivers that are horrendously degraded in this country.

And it has been only in the last 20 years with the intensification of dairy herds that our water has really lost its purity. This due to the addition of far too many cows, as the population continues to increase.

11 humans are equal to one cow in their capacity to ingest and excrete. A conservative estimate is equal to 66 million people inhabiting NZ, the same population as the UK.

With the intensity of increasing cow numbers huge amounts of urine ends up in paddocks and in the process is changing the soil chemistry and seeping down into the water and into the greater catchment area, and this is not being factored into the pollution equation.

Adding to this, commercially manufactured urea is being spread on the land from urea plants as well as the use of more phosphorous to speed up plant growth, however a by-product of super phosphate is cadmium. NZ is now dangerously close to toxifying its soils, plant life and live stock with excess cadmium that ends up stored in the kidneys and liver of live stock, that if the animals are over 18 months of age – it is illegal to sell kidneys and liver for eating. (This is news to me!)

NOTE: New Zealand children are already exceeding the European levels of cadmium from our food chain

Scientists here in NZ like their counterparts worldwide are reluctant or prohibited from speaking out on environment or health concerns, for fear of losing their funding, or losing their job. They are under the hammer to keep their mouth firmly shut! Such is the power of the commercial imperative!

Treasury, which is the tail that wags the dog in this country is bloated with economists and Mike posits the idea that if we could have another department alongside it full of ecologists, we would strike a dynamic balance.

Mike says that what is happening in nature is that the fauna are now acting as the canary in the coal mine.

The tiny white bait (inanga) in our streams are being seen as the indicators of the health of our water ways and they are all being threatened, 4 out of 5 are now on the endangered list, same for fresh water crayfish and our eels, and the eel story Mike tells is near on bizzare in the extreme.

KPMG, one of the largest professional services companies on our planet, states in a new report that New Zealand has 5 years to clean up our clean green image, or we will lose it!”

Dr Mike Joy: The true story of New Zealand’s ecological status.


 

Related Article by the Listener 26/11/15 :

River stance

The Listener
By Rebecca Macfie


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Photo credit: newzealand.com

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Warning: New Zealand Government And Big Banks In Collusion For Farm Land Grab: The Same Scam As Run In The United States And Australia

March 11 2016 | From: WakeUpKiwi / Various

We are about to see the mass sell off of NZ farms. And 95% of them will go to foreigners under the TPPA- timed to perfection of course. You are now watching the United Nations Agenda 21 / Agenda 2030 bei…. Wake up. Share this information.

What you have seen happen in Auckland in the past 15-20 years was just the start- a test bed. The evidence here is irrefutable.

Related: Fonterra Drops Forecast Milk Payout

Possibly the most painful part of this will be watching all of the big bank / corporate sponsored ‘experts’ in the filthy corrupt media & Government try and explain it all away in terms of “interest rates” and “market forces”. Farmers are enticed into taking out loans at low interest rates which are then intentionally later raised, in a blatantly criminal plan to seize land. It worked in the US. Copy and paste in Australia. And now copy and paste in New Zealand.

New Zealand company Fonterra is the worlds largest dairy exporter, exporting products to over 100 countries

The truth is, it is an agenda planned even before the inception of Fonterra, specifically for this end goal – the ‘Globalization’ of our land and all of our natural resources – using rigged (Libor) interest rates, market manipulations, fake printed debt and various other financial frauds.

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Suicide rate triples in rural Waikato as international dairy prices halved

Stuff.co.nz

CHRIS GARDNER

“The suicide rate in rural Waikato tripled as international dairy prices halved, and numbers are expected to rise further.

Six Waikato farmers appear to have taken their own lives in the year ending June 30, 2015, figures released by the Ministry of Justice under the Official Information Act show.

Fraser Farm Finance director Don Fraser was not surprised by the number of suicides, and expected to see more this financial year.

READ MORE:

* Fewer farms on the market as dairy takes a hit

* Dairy still coping with aftermath of floods

* Dairy global auction price rise

“We have had a lot of bad news,” Fraser said.

“The drop of income and the sheer weight of debt will probably see that rise over the next 12 months. It is the debt burden that makes them do it. It’s that sinking feeling you get when you get up every day and work for the bank….”

Read more:  http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/71822221/suicide-rate-triples-in-rural-waikato-ministry


Comment:

At the mercy of fickle markets this is the sad outcome. People lose hope with the ruin that comes with disasters like flooding and subsequent debt. We were told long ago by men in governments that economic recessions are man made. The banking industry is one that has the ability to enslave and ruin people, caring little for its victims. Witness the foreclosures we see now world wide.

Financial panics are scientifically created (US Congressman Charles Lindbergh, 1920)

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Which Milk Beats All Other Milks?

From Natural Society website, by Barbara Minton:

It can take some effort to find a ‘healthy’ commercially-prepared substitute for cow’s milk. One will go through a number of different milk products before even finding which is best; but know this, there is an alternative to conventional cow’s milk that stands out above the rest.

NZ Government Classifies Worm Farming as a High Risk Industry … Along with Bee Keeping & Cat Breeding

From TV3 …

” …  the Government has classified worm farming as a “high-risk” industry.

This is what’s known as ‘Nanny State gone mad’.

What makes this even more ridiculous is the Government has deemed sheep, beef and dairy farming low-risk.

Yes, under the proposed law worm farming is listed alongside mining and forestry as high-risk, but most other farming is low-risk.

It simply does not make sense. In the past five years there have been 104 agriculture and farm deaths, but not a single one in worm farming…”

Read the article here:  

http://www.3news.co.nz/opinion/opinion-nanny-state-nationals-high-risk-worm-farms-2015082011#axzz3jyFmXYim

Related Links:

You Run a Worm Farm Without a Permit? We Can Now Prosecute You In Secret! 

Woodhouse can’t remember if he was told worm farming was defined as ‘high-risk’

UnitedFuture not budging on Health and Safety reform bill

Dairy access stalled as TPP talks get more serious … NZ Herald

“The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact does not yet include an acceptable deal on access for New Zealand’s most important exports, dairy products, with little more than a month to go before the controversial 12- nation trade deal could be concluded.

“I think the way I would describe it is there’s a deal….”

Read the article here:  http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11469377

For further information on the TPPA and how it will affect NZ if signed, visit the TPPA page on this site.

For all updates from Prof Jane Kelsey at itsourfuture website go here: http://www.itsourfuture.org.nz/tag/professor-jane-kelsey/