Who is to blame for the Milk scandal?

There is a great deal of press regarding the DCD milk scandal…but who is to blame?

Of course it is easy to blame the useless repeaters intent on massive headlines…which of course I did. But the real root of the issue lies with smelly hippies and the green taliban.

They have been intent on demanding our farmers be clean and green…look at this list of Labour and Green luminaries that implored the use of this ‘technology’

The Labour Party:

“We have been gratified by the support we have received for Eco-n from the Government with the very positive visit by the Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Jim Anderton.

Mr Anderton’s visit was followed by a visit from Associate Minister of Agriculture, Damien O’Connor.”

Ravensdown Annual Report 2006

and; 

“Minister of Agriculture, Jim Anderton welcomed the results from controlled research trials showing nitrogen inhibitors have the potential to reduce nitrogen losses by up to 60 –70 per cent. The recent review was released tonight by the Pastoral Greenhouse Gas Research Consortium (PGGRC).”

Beehive Media Release, 2006, Hon Jim Anderton

and;

 “There is a great deal that farmers can and are doing about these problems, beginning with nitrogen budgeting and fencing riparian areas, and going on to nutrient management plans and the use of nitrogen inhibitors – all of which can be shown to improve farm productivity and profitability.”

Beehive Media Release, 2007 David Benson-Pope/Jim Anderton

and;

A ‘once in a lifetime’ breakthrough is how the Minister Responsible for Climate Change Issues, David Parker, describes the development of eco-n nitrification inhibitor technology at Lincoln University.”

Lincoln University Media Release

and;

“This company [Ballance Agri-Nutrients] is advocating the use of nitrogen inhibitors and nitrogen budgeting for farmers. This means farmers can cut nitrous oxide emissions, at the same time as saving money and reducing nitrogen run-off into streams and rivers.  Projects such as these demonstrate how New Zealanders are already working to overcome the challenges of climate change

Beehive Media Release, 2007 Hon David Parker

The Green side of the ledger:

“Rod Oram has another good article on climate change in today’s Sunday Star Times, this time engaging in the argument over whether dairy can reduce its emissions and whether it will make money or cost money.  The basic argument is around the role of nitrification inhibitors. Nitrous oxide from fertilisier and urine is about a third of agricultural greenhouse emissions. Nitrification inhibitors such as eco-n being promoted by Ravensdown decrease the breakdown of the fertiliser into nitrous oxide (greenhouse gas) and nitrates (which pollute waterways). In the process they not only reduce greenhouse emissions and waterway pollution, but they also make more nitrogen available to the grass and you get better pasture growth. Nitrification inhibitors are already being used by a significant minority of farmers in some places.”

Dr Russel Norman, 30 September 2007


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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