Will Frank Rowson apologise for his Notulism comments, will the media ask him?

So will Matamata vet Frank Rowson retract his theory that glyphosate caused the Notulism scare? Heard him interviewed by NewstalkZB’s Mike Hosking I think on August 14th . Listening back is interesting. Frank Rowson: Botulism bug could be traced back to farm.

A veterinarian and farm consultant doubts the recent Fonterra botulism scare was caused by a dirty pipe, and says he is sitting on material that will embarrass the dairy giant further.

Matamata veterinarian and farm performance consultant Frank Rowson says Fonterra should be tracing the source of the Clostridium botulinum bacterium back to farms or their own water supply.

He doubts Clostridium botulinum was caused by an old pipe at Fonterra’s Hautapu plant and said it had to get in there in the first place.

Rowson planned to discuss the threat of glyphosate contamination links in the food chain at a meeting in a few weeks time, which included Fonterra’s Risk Manager Lindsay Burton and the president of GE Free NZ, Claire Bleakly. 

He belongs to the green taliban anti-glyphosate anti Monsanto anti-genetic engineering nutter groups. It is clear he is an activist determined to hurt our dairy industry. He claims he had further information about botulism, but since it was actually Notulism just exactly what is it he has got?

I see that other vets have distanced themselves from Frank Rowson’s claims.

Frank Rowson is part of an organisation called Physicians and Scientists for Global Responsibility.

Who are they?

Here is a scientific based opinion in response to what Frank Rowson said : Could the Fonterra botulism scare be down to herbicide use and GM crops?  by Siouxsie Wiles from August 15 

And there is also an article from Ele Ludemann at Home Paddock about Frank Rowson’s claims. 

Will the media go and follow up with this nutter? Will they publish a retraction of his fanciful claims?

Probably not, because his scare-mongering lies suited their scare-mongering news coverage.


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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. 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 who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

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