Questions for Farmers

Irrigators are going to use social media to answer questions about irrigation.

South Canterbury irrigators are launching a new question and answer campaign on social media to get more city people up to speed with farming in New Zealand.

Waitaki Irrigators Collective (WIC) policy manager Elizabeth Soal said there seemed to be a widening gap between rural and urban communities and social media had the potential to help bridge the gap.

The initiative is called “Ask a Farmer” and invites members of the public, through Facebook and Twitter, to ask farmers questions about anything to do with farming.

Farmers will answer the questions with a short video, which will be posted on social media.

This is a good chance to find out everything we have always wanted to know. Please submit the questions to this Facebook page.

Here is a few questions from a right wing perspective to get them started.

  1. Does a historic right to pollute create an enduring right to pollute?
  2. Should private enterprise be able to socialise costs, meaning they profit without paying the true cost of their production?
  3. Do you believe that costs should be paid by those who incur them?
  4. Or do you believe that farmers should be allowed to pollute and society should pay the costs?
  5. Do you believe two wrongs make a right or is the “townies pollute so we should be allowed to” just two wrongs making a right to justify farmers pollution?
  6. Are farmers special or are they just businesses who should be treated like all other businesses?
  7. What percentage of irrigation water is used for non farming activities like sports fields, firefighting, town supply and recreational areas?
  8. Do you remember the end of subsidies in the 1980s and how farmers moaned about how it would kill their industry, and yet they are making the same arguments about not being allowed to pollute?
  9. Why shouldn’t society measure pollution by the quality of the rivers and waterways, rather than the amount of waterways fenced?
  10. Do you think farmers should be liable for their historic pollution, or should society have to pay for it as has happened in Lake Taupo, Rotorua and the Waikato River?

Feel free to submit your own questions to the WIC Facebook page.


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