We don’t need to double world food production by 2050 – here’s why April 15, 2017 by Mitch Hunter
For decades, American agriculture has been a paragon of productivity, churning out record crops at a steady clip. We have exported both our farm products and our way of farming around the world, and global production has risen relentlessly.
Yet now there is concern that even this is not enough. ...
January 19, 2016
Little change seen in agri-food crystal ball
Keith Woodford casts an eye over the year ahead for agri-food and sees no sudden improvements.
Sadly, the number of small family farms with less than 300 cows will further decline, and we will see the first signs of this in 2016.
The year ahead is ...
January 19, 2016 Bryan Gould: TPP signing a denial of democracy
1:50 PM Thursday Jan 14, 2016
It is one of the peculiarities of a Westminster-style constitution that the power to conclude international treaties rests exclusively with the executive – in our case, with the Cabinet. The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is no exception.
While a ...
TPP offence of US people January 19, 2016 Hate of the Union: the TPP is an Offence to the People
by Paul Street
When Feelings Reflect Reality
Introduced in George Orwell’s dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty Four, the word “doublethink” refers to the ability to hold two contradictory ideas in your mind at the same time and to believe both of them. ...
What is future of food supply January 19, 2016 The World Has Reached Peak Chicken, Peak Rice, And Peak Milk
We no longer have the ability to harvest from the Earth at ever-increasing rates. What does that mean for the future of the food supply?
We still haven’t reached peak oil. But peak milk happened in 2004, peak soybeans in 2009, ...
Quad bikes ‘not suited’ to farm tasks January 19, 2016 Quad bikes ‘not suited’ to farm tasks
13 Jan, 2016 11:42 AM
Keeping children off quad bikes of any size, not carrying passengers or loads or spray tanks and wearing a helmet have been listed as important safety actions.
ONE in five farm deaths in 2015 involved quad bikes, with rural safety ...
GE engineered animals exposed October 26, 2015
in New Zealand
GENETICALLY ENGINEERED ANIMALS:
THE FIRST FIFTEEN YEARS
GE Free NZ in Food and Environment has compiled this
report from information gathered through AgResearch annual
reports and Official Information Act requests (OIA).
Written by Claire Bleakley
GE Free New Zealand
In Food and Environment Inc.
PO Box 13402, Wellington,
“GE Animals in New Zealand: the first fifteen ...
Trading people for profit October 26, 2015 October 16, 2015
Inside the TPP: Trading People for Profit
by Mark Moreno Pascual
A new addition to the growing number of “free trade” agreements (FTAs) took center stage last Monday as the United States and 11 Pacific Rim countries announced the conclusion of a mammoth “trade” deal that covers more than 60% ...
Driver licence obligations October 26, 2015 Driver licence obligations for farmers, rural landowners and workers
There are plenty of tasks that involve driving if you are a rural landowner. The nature of farming and its associated enterprises, and the lack of viable public transport alternatives means that most people that work in rural industries need a driver’s ...
Monsanto’s hand of God October 26, 2015 October 21, 2015
Monsanto’s Hand of God: Planned Obsolescence of the Indian Farmer
by Colin Todhunter
The mantra of global agribusiness companies is that they care about farmers. They also really care about humanity and want to help to feed a growing world population, preferably by using genetically modified (GM) crops. They say ...
They profit we die October 26, 2015 October 23, 2015
They Profit, We Die: The Perils of Chemical-Intensive Agriculture
by Colin Todhunter
Our food system is in big trouble. It’s in big trouble because the global agritech/agribusiness sector is poisoning it, us and the environment with its pesticides, herbicides, GMOs and various other chemical inputs. The Rockefeller clan exported the ...
Looking out for nature September 16, 2015
Taking the Long View
Looking out for nature
Who speaks for nature? Who looks out for the wild things?
My neighbor makes no bones about it. “Conservation is everyone’s responsibility,” he says. “We can all do things.” He practices what he preaches with a beautiful natural garden, pest ...
Bee killing pesticide banned September 16, 2015
Federal Court to EPA: No, You Can’t Approve This Pesticide That Kills Bees
—By Tom Philpott
| Fri Sep. 11, 2015 6:00 AM EDT
On Thursday, a federal appeals court struck down the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of a pesticide called sulfoxaflor. Marketed by agrichemical giant Dow AgroSciences, sulfoxaflor belongs to ...
OZ ruling on GM welcomed by Feds September 16, 2015
Federated Farmers welcome court ruling on genetic modified crop
A Western Australian Court of Appeal ruling on genetically modified (GM) crop liability has been welcomed by Federated Farmers as a landmark decision which clearly sets out fundamental responsibilities of good neighbours that apply equally well in New Zealand and around the ...
GE ban welcomed September 16, 2015 Hastings District Council’s decision to ban GE in their district is welcome news, says the Soil & Health Association. The just-released Hastings District Plan prohibits the release and field trialling of genetically engineered organisms, creating the first official GE-free food-producing region in New Zealand, and joining a number of regions ...
Foresters bailing out of ‘failed’ ETS scheme September 16, 2015
The ETS ‘fiasco’ has sent NZ’s forestry crop backwards, foresters tell Rob Tipa.
The Farm Forestry Association’s membership has halved since the ETS scheme collapsed, Dean Satchell says
Whatever happened to the emissions trading scheme? When the ETS was introduced in 2008 it was sold to the New Zealand public as the ...
Look out for the shockwaves September 16, 2015
Shock waves from Silver Fern Farms will now pulsate through the meat industry
Posted on September 16, 2015 by Keith Woodford
Five months ago I wrote that whatever happened at Silver Fern Farms, it would be like an earthquake within the meat industry. Given that Silver Fern Farms is New Zealand’s ...
Empowering Women and Creating Local Food Opportunities September 8, 2015 New York State of Mind: Empowering Women and Creating Local Food Opportunities
Posted by Anne L. Alonzo, Agricultural Marketing Service Administrator, on September 2, 2015 at 11:00 AM
AMS Administrator Anne Alonzo (standing in the middle) joined USDA state colleagues and New York State Commissioner of Agriculture Richard Ball for a ...
The truth about genetically modified food September 8, 2015 The truth about genetically modified food
by: EMMA REYNOLDS
Genetic modification is creeping into our crops. Source: istock
IT’S accused of causing cancer, destroying the environment and storing up devastating health risks for our children.
Genetically modified food is a source of great ...
Monsanto’s code of silence August 24, 2015
Monsanto’s Code of Silence
by Colin Todhunter
In his book Altered Genes, Twisted Truth, US public interest attorney Steven Druker exposed the fraudulent practices and deceptions that led to the commercialisation of GM food and crops in the US. Not long after the book’s release, he wrote an open letter to the Royal Society in Britain ...