A virulent attack on Greenpeace in a press release by Federated Farmers president, Don Nicholson, convinces me that Greenpeace are hitting the mark.
In a hysterical rant, Nicholson as well as accusing Greenpeace of “lying”, accuses Greenpeace of “economic treason”, and even claimed that “Greenpeace is actually anti-farming”.
Don Nicholson has to resort to clumsy unsubstantiated slurs, and hysteria, because he is in the position of trying to defend the indefensible. There is no reasonable defence for the use of PKE as supplementary feed, except maximising profits through maintaining unsustainable stocking levels. Despite this, Nicholson has the nerve to accuse Greenpeace of resorting to direct activism because they couldn’t “win the argument on logic”. This is a distortion of the truth, as Nicholson’s rant shows, he personally is not prepared to argue logically, much preferring demagoguery and smears over reasoned debate.
In my opinion Don Nicholson needs to be challenged by Farmer Federation members for his immoderate use of slurs and smear tactics and be ordered to withdraw and apologise to Greenpeace or stand down as President.
It is the people with profit first views like Nicholson’s in positions of authority, blind to everything except short term self interest, who have brought our world to the sorry state it is in now, not the volunteers in Greenpeace. It is not Greenpeace who in Nicholson’s words will “damage New Zealand’s reputation abroad.” It is Greenpeace who will rescue New Zealand’s reputation from the depredations of people like Nicholson and the top execs at Fonterra.
Greenpeace need to be supported in their campaign to shame and name these apologists for the PKE trade.
If Federated Farmers, Fonterra and the New Zealand dairy industry is shamed into stopping this trade, it will choke off another profit stream to the climate criminals destroying the rainforest.