Anti-farmer policies ludicrous
Not being a farmer, I don't know of all the challenges farmers now face, but a few points leap out that any city dweller can comprehend:
1. Our forestry policy is seriously flawed.
Land is a limited resource — it is crazy to allow overseas investors to buy our land, subsidise the planting of exotic pines, then have no requirement that they harvest them. The investor is free to milk income from selling carbon credits, taking it all offshore. In 50 years their pines are beginning to die and releasing that carbon back into the atmosphere.
2. The proposed ETS changes are unfair.
How is it that offshore polluters can offset their emissions with exotic pines in New Zealand, yet the NZ farmer, producing food and export products for our economy, can't use the natives he has planted on his land to offset emissions?
3. It isn't only farmers.
The people affected include shepherds, shearers, fencers, stock agents, stock transport workers, meat plant workers, farm advisers, farm supplies workers, agricultural scientists, earthmoving and cropping contractors, engineers and mechanics, rural pilots, then all the admin staff, retailers and tradespeople who service the people above.
If the farmer loses the ability to farm, where do all those people turn? To cities — for your jobs, your houses and your traffic gridlocks? Or the dole and emergency housing?
4. The M.bovis emergency is a poor example of taxpayer money going to farmers; this is a bio-security threat and needed to be controlled.
How many billions has the Government sunk into saving jobs during the Covid-19 threat, while farmers kept on working?
5. Dismissing animal products as easily replaced by plant-based proteins is ill-informed:
a) Intensively cropping land for plant crops year in, year out is unsustainable.
b) Meat has by far the best nutrient and protein-to-calorie ratio.
c) Dairy is the best source of easily-absorbed calcium and red meat is the best source of easily-absorbed iron and certain B vitamins; these nutrients are essential to the healthy development of children and the wellbeing of pregnant and lactating mothers.
How ludicrous for a Government that has loudly sung “health and wellbeing” to deliberately reduce our ability to produce these superfoods.