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Why would the NZ Govt make a law for farmers that they are unable to comply with?

By Hilary Butler

Remember this post about Westpac? Well, this communist Labour government that has ZERO experience on the land has made idiotic policy decisions and enacted another law which directly impacts farmers – you can see the Green Party’s hand in this one!!!
(https://www.mfe.govt.nz/action-for-healthy-waterways).

Pugging of the land: this doc, subpart 3 – clause 26-27 http://www.legislation.govt.nz/regulation/public/2020/0174/latest/LMS364099.html

To quote the farmer below:”We have a law coming in on the 1st of September that will tell us that we have to have our crops sown by a certain date 1st of November for Otago Southland irrespective of the weather. We will also have to get consent from most likely someone who has never been on the land to sow crops in order to feed the animals in the winter. We are also told that if the stock pug more than 50% of the paddock to 20cm or more then we will be breaking the law & subject to prosecution, this is regardless of the weather. If it’s a wet winter this is impossible & no farmer in the south will be able to achieve this. Why would anyone make a law knowing that the people it concerns have no way of complying with it.?”

Read the full post below:

“I have been stewing on this for some time but it’s finally got the better of me. Ive spent my whole life on the land & 45 years farming on my own account. My sons now farm the same land as myself & my father but for the first time in my life I’m struggling to understand what the politicians who make the laws are trying to do to the farmers & people of New Zealand. Why would we get laws that no one can make sense of? This is how communism was explained to me as a child. When a government tells you what to do & when to do it.

We have a law coming in on the 1st of September that will tell us that we have to have our crops sown by a certain date, 1st of November for Otago Southland irrespective of the weather. We will also have to get consent from most likely someone who has never been on the land to sow crops in order to feed the animals in the winter. We are also told that if the stock pug more than 50% of the paddock or any part of the paddock to 20 cm or more then we will be breaking the law & subject to prosecution, this is regardless of the weather. If it’s a wet winter this is impossible & no farmer in the south will be able to achieve this.

Why would anyone make a law knowing that the people it concerns have no way of complying with it?

As a member of the Pomahaka water care group I have already seen the massive amount of work & money farmers are pouring into improving water quality with very positive results. Would it not be more value to New Zealand if farmers put the cost of getting consents into building sediment traps and planting out critical source areas? Laws like this are not just a farmer’s problem, this should be of concern to all New Zealanders as this is simply an erosion of people’s freedoms and rights.

I don’t think we should sit back & accept this without some response. Why don’t we do what the farmers would do in France & drive our tractors in a relay starting in Bluff & Cape Reinga 80-100km legs to parliament in Wellington to show how we feel?

Please share if you feel this has merit.”

SOURCE: https://www.facebook.com/bryce.mckenzie.98/posts/861636977700036

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RELATED: Hear an exposé of how this government disguises its land grabs

(If you are familiar with the UN Agenda 2030 plan you will know this has its fingerprints. Read Rosa Koire’s Behind the Green Mask on that one. The sustainable development lie. EWR)

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In a curious govt backed appeal for Westpac Rescue Helicopter funding, why are NZ farmers being asked full details of all stock & food available?

“Why is a government agency fronting a funding drive for Westpac Helicopter? Is this agency acting as a Trojan horse, to gather detailed food crop information, not just about stock but all food available on farms?”

By Hilary Butler

I have some SERIOUS questions, about the motives of the NZ government.

Various properties have received letters like this, asking for funding for Westpac helicopter rescue… each letter is individualized with colour google maps of their properties with the boundaries delineated…

BUT>>>> have a look at the envelope and the information asked for on the last page. The whole letter plus the envelope was scanned, anonymized, marked up and put below, for you to study. Look at it carefully. You might have to look at this on a computer NOT on the phone. (You can also download the pdf at this link)

Some farmers receiving these letters are gobsmacked. But how many farmers are acquiescing to this information request without even asking what is behind it? Why is a government agency fronting a funding drive for Westpac Helicopter? Is this agency acting as a Trojan horse, to gather detailed food crop information, not just about stock but all food available on farms? Why do they require this information now? They never had in the past.

So first up, LOOK at the sender. https://www.asurequality.com/about/who-we-are/ Asure quality – an organisation which supposedly “offer the broadest range of food assurance services in New Zealand” and “guardians of food” and “Owned by the New Zealand Government,” to “to help build and protect this enduring trust in food”.

Is the Government involved in some underhand information mining so that they know exactly where to land helicopters to unlawfully take farmers produce in the event of a “nationwide food shortage”? The other thing concerning farmers, which has another COVID parallel, is when you hear farmers talk about the shocking devastation created by MBIE in relation to mico bovis. The farmers I’ve talked to, liken this to COVID in a way, because mico bovis has very few symptoms in cattle, meat is fine, milk is fine etc but the government answer is to kill all the animals. The reality though, is that eventually all stock will get it, form antibodies to it, and no harm on the produce. Instead of recognizing the reality of mico bovis, the government on the one hand, wants to disembowel farmers’ stock, yet NOW wants to know from all farmers, exactly what food supply they have on their farms.

Don’t you think that this is all a bit … weird?

If you agree with the concerns on this post please, spread this far and wide.

Forestry companies buying vast amounts of New Zealand’s land

From rnz.co.nz

A  foreign-owned forestry company has bought up more than 77,000 hectares of forests in just four years to become the third largest landowner in New Zealand.

Australia-based New Forests Asset Management runs several investment funds here through several subsidiaries.

RNZ journalist Kate Newton has been investigating who owns New Zealand for several months.

She says the speed at which New Forests amassed the land is astonishing.

“They have gone from owning nothing in 2015, as far as we can tell, to now owning 77 and a half thousand hectares. they had an Overseas Investment Office approval just go through last month to buy another piece of land,”  Newton says.

New Forests calls itself a “sustainable real assets investment manager offering leading-edge strategies in forestry, land management, and conservation”.

It has more than $5 billion Australian in assets under management globally with investments in Australia, New Zealand, US  and Southeast Asia.

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/programmes/the-detail/story/2018716275/forestry-companies-buying-vast-amounts-of-new-zealand-s-land

RELATED: The NZ Govt has all but gifted half a million hectares of stunning Sth Island property, one tenth of NZ, to off shore buyers in a ‘vast wave of privatisation’

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Govt’s scandalous wasting of millions of litres of water during Australia’s worst drought … speculator’s heaven (60 Minutes Australia)

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For Australian farmers battling one of the worst droughts of all time, water is more precious than gold. So imagine being told that government authorities, whose job it is to manage our water, are actually wasting millions and millions of litres of it? Deliberately. Subscribe here: http://9Soci.al/chmP50wA97J Full Episodes here http://9Soci.al/sImy50wNiXL That’s the reality on the upper Murray River where water that could save farmers is spilling over the banks. Last year alone, enough water to fill Sydney Harbour twice was lost. As Sarah Abo reports, it’s a national scandal unfolding in secret. But while farmers are being sold down the river by the bureaucrats, not everyone is losing. Corporate speculators trading in water are swimming in profits. WATCH more of 60 Minutes Australia: https://www.60minutes.com.au LIKE 60 Minutes Australia on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/60Minutes9 FOLLOW 60 Minutes Australia on Twitter: https://twitter.com/60Mins FOLLOW 60 Minutes Australia on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/60minutes9 For forty years, 60 Minutes have been telling Australians the world’s greatest stories. Tales that changed history, our nation and our lives. Reporters Liz Hayes, Allison Langdon, Tara Brown, Charles Wooley, Liam Bartlett and Sarah Abo look past the headlines because there is always a bigger picture. Sundays are for 60 Minutes.

The silent war on your food – control the food, control the people

An insightful overview of the demise of farming in the US. It is happening globally in fact & in light of the recent raw milk raids it sheds light on the bigger picture. It is a silent war, so silent that if you were not awake & switched on you would not know what is really happening. Remember Kissinger’s notorious quote about controlling food & thereby ultimately the people. So this video covers the enormous devastation wrought by weather warfare, flooding that causes the rising prices thereafter of food, hay shortage for stock feed, poor feed quality, decimated farms, fixed prices. Farmers are turning to the banks and of course borrowing on their land which many of us will know means they will lose their lands. The land grabbing that’s becoming so common now. As populations are becoming homeless, they are being rounded up into homeless shelters and chipped! Do have a listen, very interesting insights. EWR

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As damages from the flooding in US Midwest surpass $5.3 billion — affecting farmers across the nation — and more flooding is expected in 2020, it is time to step back and take stock of what is happening. The war on farmers — the war on our food — is a silent war with quiet weapons, meaning we must work to SEE what is going on: farm after farm lost. Christian makes it real. Gabe Brown’s Ranch, Regenerative Grazing and beyond: http://brownsranch.us/ They are all in — and so am I. Help me take it to the next level: http://paypal.me/iceagefarmer http://subscribestar.com/iceagefarmer or shop via http://iceagefarmer.com/amazon JOIN THE CONVERSATION: http://iceagefarmer.com/discord IAF RESOURCES: ⇒ GDD: Growing Degree Days tool: how much colder has 2019 been for you? http://iceagefarmer.com/gdd ⇒ IAF Wiki – read history, understand cycles, know what’s coming: http://wiki.iceagefarmer.com/wiki/His… ⇒ Maps from previous cycles: http://wiki.iceagefarmer.com/wiki/Str… ⇒ Crop Loss Map http://map.iceagefarmer.com ⇒ Join the email list – stay connected: http://iceagefarmer.com/mail *** SUPPORTERS – I recommend (because I use personally) *** STORED FOOD (+ more) @ MyPatriotSupply: http://iceagefarmer.com/prep FREEZE DRY YOUR OWN FOOD (like printing money, but food): http://iceagefarmer.com/harvestright BUY SEEDS @ TRUE LEAF MARKET: http://iceagefarmer.com/trueleaf EMP-proof Solar: mention IAF save $250 http://Sol-ark.com BEST CBD: http://bignuggetfarm.com 10% code: IAF2018 ⇒ More books: http://amazon.com/shop/iceagefarmer ⇒ Stored food: http://iceagefarmer.com/prep
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The dishonesty of the DoC corporation: in 2000 they failed in a land deal to disclose the burial of a cache of 1080 pellets just 6 foot down

There is much more in terms of outcome to this item posted at the Save Raukumara from 1080 FB page which you can read if you are a member of FB. I will endeavor to post the remainder later but for now, what struck me most about this news item from 2000, was that DoC handed this land over knowing full well they had buried a Class 1A Ecotoxin in the form of 1080 pellets only 6 feet down and refrained from informing the new owner.

Let that sink in for a bit & perhaps ponder on the dishonesty of this corporation that has the mandate for CONSERVING your environment. This is an oxmoron.

This of course is the way of corporations. Profits first & people & environments not even second if you watch ‘The Corporation’ doco (on YT) that is well illustrated … and let’s not forget our former govt depts are corporations now. Many have missed that important feature of our recent history.

And you have to wonder how many more lots of 1080 are buried all over NZ including landfills, considering it is the world’s largest consumer of this deadly product that was once added to water to kill ship rats and is extremely difficult to detect if you are poisoned by it. In fact your government doesn’t want you to detect it according to recent information by a retired MD.

EWR.

Greymouth Evening Star 28 July 2000 (posted at the Save Raukumara from 1080 FB page).

Copy of dumping 1080 newsclip claire

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A Horowhena farmer gets off an $80k fine for illegally draining a lake because he couldn’t afford to pay it!

“In the Levin District Court on Monday, Fyfe Charles Williamson was sentenced to 80 hours’ community work  after a judge accepted the farmer was unable to pay the massive fine allowed under the Resource Management Act…

The significant damage and risk Williamson’s actions caused to native wildlife and fauna would have resulted in an $80,000 fine, if the farmer could have paid it, the judge said …”   

So the chap gets off because the fine is too big?? Where else can that happen? Note how mainstream whore media reframe the whole thing. ‘Narrowly avoids’ … what a farce this is. We have a law to protect the environment, but only from certain people who can afford the fine! Remember the guy who got a jail sentence for catching fish where he wasn’t supposed to in the Rotorua lakesto feed his family? No mercy for that man, who had to spend 12 months away from his family, and this Horowhenua man kills thousands of fish, having knowingly broken the law … gets 80 hrs community service because he can’t afford $80,000. Wouldn’t that normally just translate to an equivalent jail sentence?  Justice for the wealthy farmer, none for the poor man feeding his family. Also deemed racist at the time compared with other contemporary crimes.  Please, before you all jump up and down about that, don’t shoot the messenger. That was from newshub and really in the cold light of day it does look as they say doesn’t it?

Remember this is why they sent thousands to ‘the colonies’ particularly Australia, stealing bread for their families got them deported quick smart. Sounding more familiar by the day. All getting very Dickensian isn’t it? And note on the farcical toothless Resource Management Act …. Dr Mike Joy has called it out thus on social media: “The RMA is a joke, and a very bad one at that, and this is a prime example.”

Here is the article from Stuff:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/112689717/horowhena-farmer-narrowly-avoids-80k-fine-for-illegally-draining-a-lake?fbclid=IwAR23G5LFWLCUBsui2Sz609CTFui5qmWfxthRGM0u-rNLDau_yyRecDzdcIQ

And the following from newshub:

https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2016/05/convicted-trout-poacher-nz-justice-system-racist.html

Dearth of worms blamed for dramatic decline in UK songbird population

From the independent.co.uk

Britain’s first farmland worm survey reveals nearly half of English fields lack key types of earthworm and may help explain a 50 per cent fall in song thrush numbers.

Britain’s first farmland worm survey has revealed that nearly half of English fields lack key types of earthworm and may help explain the alarming decline of one of the country’s most loved songbirds.

The citizen science project, in which farmers dug for worms in their own fields, has prompted 57 per cent of them to pledge to change their soil management practices – a move that may benefit the song thrush, for whom worms are a vital food source.

The English population of the song thrush, popular for both its voice and its habit of using stones as an “anvil” to smash the shells of its other favourite food – snails – declined by more than 50 per cent between 1970 and 1995, leading to it being listed as a species of conservation concern.

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https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/worm-survey-songbird-decline-reasons-cause-60minworms-song-thrush-farming-earthworms-magpies-rspb-a8794796.html?fbclid=IwAR3Cm9fmfzC3xiBqSA-yUglVuqYsTwr0V7aD3ivU46HcEDY3zqA3VR1CE7U

 

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Major survey finds worms are rare or absent in 40% of fields

https://www.fwi.co.uk/arable/land-preparation/soils/major-survey-finds-worms-are-rare-or-absent-in-20-of-fields?fbclid=IwAR0wzghf3h9VzHByaPM6J7-Nymje03MGx2m-Hu0cxUIEt9VP0IUHqcZg8ks

Bill Gates ‘donates’ $15,000,000 to force GMOs on small farmers around the world

Thanks to the flyingcuttlefish blog for this link … about that ‘philanthropist’ Bill doesn’t-vaccinate-his-own-kids Gates who told us vaccines would reduce the population:

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Why aerial 1080 is more than a science debate (Stuff)

This is from Stuff. Surprizingly. Instead of the usual mainstream ‘bona fide justification for poisoning everything and saving our native birds’ (not) it actually acknowledges the information that campaigners for clean water and for refraining from poisoning the entire ecocide have been advocating for decades. Perhaps they’re now getting too loud to ignore.


Damon Rusden has restated the scientific case for continued use of aerial 1080 to control pests, but his argument fails to address the social side of the debate.

Underpinning the continued reliance on aerial 1080 lies the ambitious goal of turning back the clock – of eliminating every single introduced rodent, mustelid and marsupial with the aim of making New Zealand “predator free”. While there is virtually unanimous agreement that our native flora and fauna deserve protection, the feasibility and costs of returning the country to a pre-European state are often overlooked.

10080 on the Waitaha riverbed. The debate around the poison is more than the sum of all scientific papers on the topic. It is as much a social issue as it is a scientific one.
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10080 on the Waitaha riverbed. The debate around the poison is more than the sum of all scientific papers on the topic. It is as much a social issue as it is a scientific one.

In fact, the logic behind being “predator free” requires closer examination. Is this nostalgic vision of returning the country “to what it once was” really what we need and want? Is it possible, and at what cost? If we are going to try to turn back the clock on introduced species, there needs to be consensus on how far back we want to go, and the methods of doing so need to be evaluated in more than just scientific terms.

Taking a big picture view on introduced animals may mean allocating some areas as predator free focus points, while other areas are managed with different outcomes in mind. Introduced species do have their benefits – possums yield fur, for example, and this is a valued resource on many levels. Accepting that possums are part of our national ecosystem and managing them accordingly, might therefore be a better option in some areas.

The ‘where’ and ‘why’ of 1080 also needs careful consideration. Rusden asserts that 1080 is dropped “in areas which are inaccessible by foot”. This might have been true once, but it is far from the truth today. On the West Coast, aerial 1080 is being applied to areas that are easily accessible on foot, with well-established hut and track networks.

The recent Karnbach operation is a case in point, with aerial 1080 placed in the main Waitaha riverbed and on the surrounding tracks. The supposed precision of aerial application resulted in baits submerged in the river itself. This operation, along with many others in the region, was conducted by Ospri as part of the TBFreeNZ program.

These operations have nothing to do with saving native birds or forests. Any benefits to native species are an unintended consequence of protecting the farming industry. The two goals should not be confused, or seen as one and the same.

Rusden goes on to claim that “much of the substance of the anger at 1080 seems to draw from the anti-establishment well”. In fact, there is more than anti-government sentiment at play here. There are sound ethical and animal welfare concerns surrounding 1080 use. What Rusden also fails to mention, is that the majority of aerial 1080 proponents do not live in the areas where it is being dropped.

A lot of the anger and resentment stems from a feeling of absolute powerlessness and lack of meaningful engagement with what is happening in one’s backyard. People who live in a place are often deeply passionate about it in a wholly different way to someone who comes to visit once a year. While the visitor may prize the area for its chortling flocks of tui, the family down the road obtain their water, and possibly their food, from the same block of bush. There is a fundamental difference in perspective. When the helicopters laden with poison buzz over your backyard your water supply, meat safe and recreation ground are all potential targets.

The science may be clear, but it doesn’t take into account the social, cultural or resource value associated with our ecosystems.  For those who live in these areas, the anger at this top-down approach is heartfelt and understandable. Simply writing it off as emotion or anti-government sentiment is not helpful.

Economic consequences are another consideration. The current regime of aerial 1080 drops offers little or no economic return to local communities. It would be heartening if locals were approached ahead of any drop, to identify areas that would be feasible trapping targets. Employment is a real concern in areas such as the West Coast, particularly when many of the traditional industries are being shut down. Local residents should be given the priority when it comes to pest control work.

The debate around 1080 is more than the sum of all scientific papers on the topic. It is as much a social issue as it is a scientific one. There are cultural and economic aspects that need to be considered, alongside the goal of bringing back the birds and restoring the forests.

Everyone is keen to see flourishing ecosystems, but people must remain part of that picture.

Stuff

https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/107722463/why-aerial-1080-is-more-than-a-science-debate

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NOTE ON COMMENTING:

If you are pro poisoning of the environment or anything else, EnvirowatchRangitikei is not the place to espouse your opinions. Mainstream would be the place to air those. This is a venue for sharing the independent science you won’t of course find there.

A farmer who lost 570 ewes following an accidental 1080 drop on his farm said that 6 months later sheep were still dying

Back in 1994 Dr Meriel Watts wrote in her book The Poisoning of New Zealand*, of constant phone calls to the Soil & Health Assn by  folk asking … “Is 1080 safe & do I have to let them drop it on my property?” The Association’s view at the time she said was ‘no’ and ‘no’. Soil & Health’s submission to the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s Possum Management review stated that “the current practice of distributing by air large amounts of 1080-laced carrot and pollard baits over large areas has lead to unacceptable risks to the environment, human health, dogs, farm stock, birds and other members of the ecosystem.” (p 186, 187).

That submission cited various incidents experienced by farmers.

“In one case a South Island farm lost 570 ewes when 1080 was dropped in his pastures as a result of the helicopter swinging too wide when dropping over bush patches. His sheep were still dying up to six months later; there were also a large number of abortions.” (Dr M Watts, p 187)

“In another case … a central North Island farmer came home to find 1080 spread all over her farm and around her house. There was a nice sign stating this fact, but no prior notification and no prior permission given. Fortunately her dogs were locked up.” (Dr M Watts, p 187)

We seldom of course hear of these incidents as they are not normally featured by mainstream media.  It has been highlighted via the GrafBoys’ information that these stats are actually hidden in the paper work. Farmers, when claiming compensation, are required to list that compensation as for purposes other than poisoned stock losses.

Please read the comments below as a farmer has shared about the loss of his dogs to likely 1080 poisoning.

See tv-wild.co.nz also for further info from the GrafBoys. Watch the video on topic at their Youtube channel here.


Photo: Pixabay.com (note, not the actual farm or farmer in the article).

*The Poisoning of New Zealand by Dr Meriel Watts, Ak Institute of Technology Press, 1994


Shocking revelations on 1080 from a former Horizons employee

Carol Sawyer

OLD 1080 STOCK SOLUTION, DDT, CHEMICALS GO OFF IN A SHIP TO FRANCE?!

When it’s not being sprayed round the Palmerston North Landfill, that is. What happens if the ship sinks?!

George Robinson has worked in the pest control industry all his life. When he left the Manawatu/Wanganui (Horizons) Regional Council he had a gagging order put on him, but the time period is now up.

This is the story he told me, and I first posted it in January, 2017 :

They used to use (up to 2008-2009 that he knows of) 20% 1080 stock solution and dilute it to a field solution to put it on the green-dyed carrots, for rabbits. He said they had back packs and had it running down their arms, legs, backs….. They used to find dead birds everywhere, blackbirds especially. They were told it all dissolved in water and broke down.

They were sent to conferences run by NZ Pest Management Officers’ Institute. George says “I believe it was the Food Safety Authority that policed the regulations then”. He remembers one where Charles Eason (now CEO of the Cawthron Institute, but formerly senior manager with Landcare Research and a Professor at Lincoln University) spoke and told them “three pisses and the 1080 is gone from your system”.

They had a big holding tank and the stock solution could be held for up to 7 or 8 years before it was no good, but a man from a waste removal transport company would come along and pump out the holding tank. He would take it down to the Palmerston North landfill and spread it all over the ground, driving round in a circle. George says this guy was a straight-up sort of chap who was amazed that he was given permission to do it.

There was a facility in France where some of the stuff collected went – old farm chemicals such as DDT, etc. It goes on a ship which “must be a very toxic shipload”, George said. (I have been told recently that that facility in France is no longer used… I’m not sure where it goes now – Note 29 July, 2018).

He said that at present, Horizons are using Brodificoum on pastureland amongst stock, for possum control. He said it has killed stock but that the worst thing is that it accumulates in the liver and remains in the sheeps’ livers for 36 months. He said Horizons are using the High Strength version.

He himself has a CSL (Controlled Substance Licence).

He says Horizons must be one of the biggest users of Brodificoum. He rang Affco to see if they tested and they said they did random testing, and the Ministry of Primary Industries also assured him they did random testing. He said to them ” Why don’t you test the stock from the paddocks where you use Brodificoum?” but they didn’t want to know!

He said the Ministry of Health used to police the regulations but now that duty has gone to the Ministry of Primary Industries.

He said Horizons have a whole lot of operations, all doing the same thing – killing rats and possums. He said they will be killing birds as well and that the sheep and other livestock “hoover it up”. He said the bait stations are 1.8 metres off the ground, but the deer and cattle can reach them, and the possums are messy eaters and get it all over the ground, so the sheep can get it too.

George left Horizons because he was arguing with them about their 10 year plan for Brodifacoum pest control, and says he was forced out because he was against it.

He said the Greater Wellington Council is using Brodifacoum too. They used it on Tawaiti Station (a safari hunting operation on the East Coast). It killed a few deer and as they were going to sell some, they thought they had better test them for Brodifacoum. They found so much Brodifacoum in them that they shot around 70 deer and burnt the carcasses!

Note the photo is not George Robinson.

One in eight bird species threatened with extinction, global study finds (note, NZ’s Kea also under threat)

NOTE: Our own Kea in NZ are nearing extinction…

With a long history of poisoning Kea, DoC is set to finish off what remains – Dr Jo Pollard


From the Guardian

Here, a “Report on the state of the world’s birds reveals a biodiversity crisis driven by intensive farming, with once-common species such as puffins and snowy owls now at risk.”

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The once-widespread Atlantic puffin is now listed as vulnerable on the red list of threatened species. Photo: Pixabay

One in eight bird species are threatened with global extinction, and once widespread creatures such as the puffin, snowy owl and turtle dove are plummeting towards oblivion, according to the definitive study of global bird populations.

The State of the World’s Birds, a five-year compendium of population data from the best-studied group of animals on the planet, reveals a biodiversity crisis driven by the expansion and intensification of agriculture.

In all, 74% of 1,469 globally threatened birds are affected primarily by farming. Logging, invasive species and hunting are the other main threats.

“Each time we undertake this assessment we see slightly more species at risk of extinction – the situation is deteriorating and the trends are intensifying,” said Tris Allinson, senior global science officer for BirdLife International, which produced the report. “The species at risk of extinction were once on mountaintops or remote islands, such as the pink pigeon in Mauritius. Now we’re seeing once widespread and familiar species – European turtle doves, Atlantic puffins and kittiwakes – under threat of global extinction.”

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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/apr/23/one-in-eight-birds-is-threatened-with-extinction-global-study-finds

 

There are no peer-reviewed scientific papers establishing the safety of GMO crops – learn the facts on GMOs & the Glyphosate ‘Trojan Horse’ – Prof Don Huber

From ourplanet.org
an interview by Tim Lynch with Professor Don Huber for greenplanetfm

Don Huber who has just been here in NZ is also a former Colonel of the U.S. Army Reserves Bioterrorism Research Unit. He has taught courses on anti-crop bioterrorism and serves as a consultant on biological weapons of mass destruction and emerging diseases. He advises U.S. agencies on bioterrorism and biological warfare. He also goes by his word – that Glyphosate is a ‘Trojan Horse’.

Professor Emeritus Don Huber, formerly of Purdue University states that there are three facts that everyone needs to understand about GE or GMOs:

  1. despite what the media and so-called “experts” proclaim, there are NO peer-reviewed scientific papers establishing the safety of GMO crops
  2. epidemiological patterns show there’s an identical rise in over 30 human diseases correlated with our increased usage of glyphosate and the increased prevalence of genetically engineered proteins in our food, and
  3. genetically engineered foods, as well as conventional crops that are heavily sprayed with glyphosate (the active ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup), have lower nutrient density than organic foods.

Don Huber who spoke with me at the PlanetFM studios two months ago, here in Auckland opens with the statement that NZ farmland is still basically free of GE and GMO’s and relatively unpolluted with its attendant spray – glyphosate, however he states we need to make sure GMO’s don’t breach our borders, and that we need to keep NZ – GE Free and to make every effort to scale back our use of glyphosate – urgently.

READ MORE & LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW (60mins)

https://www.ourplanet.org/greenplanetfm/professor-don-huber-the-facts-on-genetically-modified-organisms-gmos-and-the-glyphosate-trojan-horse

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Can we feed the world organically? With some changes to the system, researchers say yes

(Natural News) It’s hard to find fault with consuming organic food, but those who are against it for whatever reason – like synthetic pesticide manufacturers – often claim it is not sustainable and would require too much land to pull off. Now, new research shows just how flawed that particular argument is. Indeed, a worldwide conversion to organic farming could be remarkably sustainable as long as some changes to current food production and consumption habits are made at the same time.

There are a lot of ways that industrial agriculture has increased the availability of food, but this has come at a significant cost to our environment. For example, it has led to an oversupply of reactive nitrogen that pollutes our water and soil, losses in biodiversity, and greenhouse gas emissions. This is in addition to the effects that pesticides and herbicides have on human and animal health.

Organic agriculture, on the other hand, eschews the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. With its focus on crop rotations, closed nutrient cycles, and soil fertility, it is certainly a better choice for the environment, but it tends to have lower yields, thereby requiring more land in order to produce the same amount of food.

Now, researchers from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, Alpen-Adria University in Austria, ETH Zurich in Switzerland and the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture have written an open-access article in Nature Communications that shows just how organic agriculture could feasibly feed the world after all.

They say that accomplishing this worthwhile endeavor requires just a few complementary changes in our global food system. For example, reducing the amount of arable land that is used to grow animal feed and the drop in livestock and animal-based products that goes along with it could help quite a bit as people consume less meat – something that would also have positive effects on human health.Reducing food waste could also help make this transition a reality. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, as much as 40 percent of the food that is produced is wasted around the planet. Taking measures to try to stem this problem could go a long way toward a more efficient use of resources.

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https://www.naturalnews.com/2017-11-25-can-we-feed-the-world-organically-with-some-changes-to-the-system-researchers-say-yes.html

Manawatu River – pollution concerns date back to 1890

A revisit of the Manawatu’s pollution. And it’s not getting any better! Considering we can now only swim in 40% of our rivers. The article is from 2009, from an interesting NZ site that gives us some insight into historical pollution of our once clean green paradise. Not pretty.  (Note: the link to the TV coverage is outdated so the content is no longer there).

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In light of recent media coverage concerning the polluted state of the Manawatu River [click here to view TV news coverage], it is insightful to look back at the river’s history. Even a casual perusal of Papers Past indicates that the vexed issue of pollution of the Manawatu is certainly not a new one.

An article in the Manawatu Herald of 30 May 1890 reports on a meeting held by representatives of local bodies alarmed about Palmerston North Borough Council’s decision to let a contract to discharge the town’s sewerage  into the river. The following are two excerpts:

“[Foxton Mayor] Mr Gower said : The business for this meeting to discuss is the fact that the Borough Council of Palmerston N. have let a contract to convey the sewage of that town into the Manawatu river. It will be for us to consider what steps shall be taken to…

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Your “GE-Free” NZ Govt secretly approved the use of a GE-bacteria pig growth hormone in 2001 & it’s NOT labeled!

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Stock feed is commonly comprised of GE soy & corn – NZ farmers can’t rule out the possibility it’s GE as it isn’t labeled

See here how murky our clean green image is now?  Yet again we are consuming food that is not safe, with neither our knowledge nor our permission? They approved this secretly folks! How can we possibly trust these people who are charged with protecting our food supply? I posted a while back the alert that our stock is being fed GE feed. At least the business operators “couldn’t rule it out the feed wasn’t GE” as it included corn and soy, typically GE products. And the Greens have also made statements about GE feed here in NZ. If GE feed and hormone growth products are so safe why then are they being so underhanded about it all? Not rocket science is it? Vote with your wallet and don’t buy it. There aren’t a lot of options left to us as clearly they’re intent on steam rolling ahead with opening this Pandora’s box. To the peril of the public I might add.

Please share this info. Educate yourself. Search similar articles under ‘categories’ (top left of any page).

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Back in 2002 the Greens announced – “A new growth hormone made by GE bacteria has been secretly approved for use on NZ pigs, and there is no requirement to disclose its use on the label.

This growth hormone makes pigs grow by up to 20% more in the last month of their lives. The hormone Porcine Somatotropin (PST) is injected into the necks of pigs every day, for the last 30 days of their lives. Advice from the manufacturer is to inject pigs in the neck to prevent the meat being downgraded.

The hormone was approved by the Animal Remedies Board on 12 October 2001. A similar hormone for cows, bovine somatotropin, was refused approval by MAF last year because of concerns about European consumers refusing to buy hormone-treated milk and meat.

Australian officials had acknowledged there would likely be residues of the artificial hormone in pork from treated pigs.

As Sue Kedgley, spokesperson for the Green Party commented, this hormone was highly controversial and was not even approved by the FDA for use in America…”

Read More:  http://www.safefood.org.nz/news11.php


If you’re unconvinced GE food is bad for you watch this short clip interviewing Jeffrey Smith, expert on GMOs

 

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/