As Fonterra post a staggering loss…
Fonterra posts loss of $196 million
Fonterra has reported a net loss of $196 million for the July year.
The previous year’s net profit was $745 million.
…we learn the truth cost of NZs dairy industry on Africa…
Precious rock New Zealand is accused of stealing from the Sahara
New Zealand’s economy is reliant on a mineral at the centre of an ugly refugee crisis, deep in the Sahara desert. National Correspondent Charlie Mitchell reports in the first part of ‘Growing Pain’, a Stuff series examining our dangerous addiction to fertiliser.
…this staggering abuse of the Sahara comes to light after Fonterra’s propaganda campaign to pretend to care about the environment with their bullshit nationalistic TV adverts where Richie McCaw tells us how proud he is and follows a legal attempt to block Greenpeace from showing NZers what big Dairy really do to the NZ environment.
Trying to pacify legitimate concerns about the impact of big Dairy on the environment hilariously coincides with Farmers being ‘fed up’ with the environmental commotion and attacking any media that focuses on their impact. On top of this, Farmers are now sending in their corporate scientists to attack the credibility of scientists exposing environmental damage.
The critique of the latest greenwash by Fonterra is already in and it is pretty damning…
Rod Oram looks this week at Fonterra’s apparently ground-shifting announcement about reducing its net carbon emissions to zero by 2050. He writes Fonterra’s caveats mean the plan is not as impressive as it looks.
…so should we start asking is it time to end big Dairy in NZ?
Environmentally big Dairy steal water, pollute water and create enormous amounts of green house gases which are adding to a dangerous warming of the planet.
This chart tells us we can’t keep warming the planet.
Politically big Dairy gain too much power by running their own Political Party in the form of the National Party to pass policy in their interests and not for NZs wider interests and because we are so dependent on China for this industry, that brings an economic dependence that is dangerous.
Economically it makes no sense to continue investing in big Dairy when synthetic milk and meat are on the horizon.
We can allow organic Dairy to continue which is a far less intensive and damaging to create boutique product, but intensive farming and the influence big Dairy has over our economy, politics and environment must be ended.
We need to start transitioning away from Dairy towards forestry and more fruit and vegetable production but that requires an active Government who is prepared to incentivise the change over.